*Paris. Typical of romans feuilletons—books published in installments—this novel is full of references to the streets of Paris, which is explicitly characterized here as the sensitive heart of the organism that is France. The story opens with the chiming of the bells of the Cathedral of Notre Dame as heard from the rue Saint-Honoré, and Maurice’s first crosstown journey is minutely detailed. The story strays no farther from the capital than the suburb of Auteuil. Apart from those detailed below, the most significant settings in the plot are 24, rue de Nonandières, where the pretended flower girl Héloïse Tison lives, and Noah’s Well Tavern at the corner of the rue de la Vieille Draperie, where one of Dixmer’s plots is carefully nurtured.
*Temple. Fortified dwelling established in Paris by the Knights Templar in 1128 and converted into a prison by the eighteenth century. (The prison was subsequently destroyed in 1810, after which its site was occupied by the Marché du Temple, one of the city’s major commercial centers.) In Dumas’s novel, the wall of the prison fringing the rue Portefoin supports a wooden construction that functions as an alehouse for its guardsmen. Dixmer purchases a house in the rue de la Corderie (on the site where number 20 now stands) in order that his accomplices might dig a tunnel under the gardens to reach the alehouse, through which Marie Antoinette and her family might escape; it is the discovery of this...
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