Plan of Victor Legris's Paris
Et tu coules toujours, Seine, et tout en rampant, Tu traînes dans Paris ton corps de vieux serpent, De vieux serpent boueux, emportant vers tes havres Tes cargaisons de bois, de houille et de cadavers!
Paul Verlaine (Poèmes saturniens, 'Caprices')
And the Seine flows, crawls, drags itself Always the muddy serpent of Paris Bearing towards Le Havre its cargoes Of wood, of coal - and corpses
Translated by C.K. Stead
Le Marché des Enfants-Rouges was to be found behind a gate at 39 Rue de Bretagne. It opened in 1628 and took its name from the children's home nearby, which was founded by Marguerite de Navarre, housing orphans who wore red uniforms.
All the characters in The Marais Assassin are imaginary with the exception of Paul Verlaine, Paul Fort, Jean Moréas, Albert Gaudry, Eugène Dubois, Ravachol, Alphonse Bertillon, Trimouillat, Ma Gueule, Cazals, Caubel de la Ville Ingan and, of course, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
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THE ASSASSIN IN THE MARAIS. Copyright © 2004 by Éditions 10/18, Département d'Univers Poche. English translation copyright © 2009 by Gallic Books. All rights reserved.