The Versailles Stairs


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P1015986 (FILEminimizer)In “The Three Musketeers” the stairs of the Hotel de Tréville thrive with action. We know that at Versailles they are the traffic highways frequently subject to jams. We can imagine this space rife with possibilities, for the interstices are formally defined as an informal setting: tongues wag and heads turn; beauties descend and ascend, while the verbal jousting accompanies their progress. It is on these Hundred Steps that the movie maker of L’Allée du Roi makes Madame Montespan throw to Madame Maintenon, “How appropriate Madame, you are on your way up, while I am on my way down….” I have recently performed an inventory here and counted the “hundred” steps again; and I don’t know what it means, but something truly Kafkaesque happened — there were more of them on the way up than on the way down.

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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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