Why Beaver?


“If Paris is the center of France, then Palais-Royal is the center of Paris:” A theater, four hundred stores, fifteen restaurants, twenty cafés, eighteen casinos, but most importantly brothels, for this commerce in the times of economic or political crises sustains all the other; a lady, who sticks her scantily dressed body out of a circular or semi-circular window upstairs, is called half-a-beaver, while the one coming down to seek her clientele in the arcades — total beaver. From the days of Regency until the days of Louis-Philippe their presence gave a powerful boost to the local economy; for example, in 1814 the victorious General Blucher lost a million and a half in a singe evening! The English, the Prussian, the Russian armies stomp up and down the stairs. The troops are here, their women have been waiting.



About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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