Saut-de-loup or the wolf-jump is an architectural element typical of Versailles. You can appreciate this feature while walking the perimeter of the Grand and Petit Trianon: The exterior wall of the park breaks off not to interrupt the view and is replaced by a discrete ten-feet drop. I cannot really see a wolf falling in there but an oblivious tourist certainly may. Do the wolves jump in some time later?
The genius of Louis XIV was precisely this — in absence of TV, he created an illusion of proximity and accessibility of power: Anyone could be in the presence of the king. You could not address him without being officially introduced, such was the court etiquette, but you could watch him.
There were certain sadistic nuances there that I found intriguing: the objects of pain made aesthetically pleasing, the walls protruding so slightly into a mot, they would trick me into believing that I could…, but then only by an inch or two these tiny obstacle would surpass my ability to overcome them. And I marvelled at how closely the past centuries resemble what we have in place today.