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The Gangs of Paris: Les Apaches

In the Parisian Prostitutes series we met la gigolette. ( …She is the mistress of the garroters of La Vilette or the stabbers of Grenelle. 210 more words

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The Prince of Wales in Paris: “Please adopt me! ”

The year is 1855. An enthusiastic crowd lining the boulevards greets Queen Victoria with her husband Prince Albert and the French imperial couple, Napoléon III and the Empress Eugénie, as their open carriages progress across Paris. 299 more words

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Paris Downstairs: The upper servants

In the following excerpt, Octave Uzanne introduces us to the upper echelon of the Parisian female servants, namely the lady’s maid, the cook and the children’s nurse: 884 more words

19th Century France

Paris Downstairs: La femme de ménage

Of the old Parisian servant types we have met the soubrette and the nourrice, both of whom are described with some condescension in Octave Uzanne’s book “The Modern Parisienne”. 621 more words

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