Places Discussed

(Critical Guide to Settings and Places in Literature)


*Paris. France’s capital city, the focal point of the novel, is minutely defined as the Red Room in number 3, rue Saint François, the house where the heirs to the fortune are instructed to assemble on February 13, 1832, and then reassemble on June 1. It is near the rue Saint-Gervais and the rue Doré in the Marais district.

Other significant settings in the novel are numerous but would be tightly clustered if plotted on a map. In the rue du Milieu-des-Ursins, off the quai Napoleon near rue Landry, Rodin serves as secretary to the abbé d’Aigrigny. The Baudouin house, where Dagobert’s wife Agricola and Mother Bunch live, is in the rue Brise-Miche, near the Church of Saint-Méry. The sumptuous Saint-Dizier town house, in which Adrienne is introduced, is number 7, rue de Babylone. The Comte de Montbron lives at 7, place Vendôme. Baleiner’s asylum, where Adrienne is confined, is next door to St. Mary’s Convent, where Rose and Blanche are secreted; the convent’s gardens look out on to the boulevard de l’Hôpital.

Mother Arsène’s shop, where Rodin rents the rooms where he keeps his picture inscribed “Sara Papa,” is 4, rue Clovis, in Montagne St. Geneviève. Djalma is established by the treacherous Faringhea in a house in the rue Blanche. After her release from the asylum Adrienne takes up residence in the rue d’Anjou. The Jesuits’ retreat, which becomes a highly significant setting in the late phases of the plot, is at the end of the rue Vaugirard. Marshal Simon lives in the rue des Trois-Frères. The temporary hospital where Morok dies of rabies and the cholera epidemic claims the lives...

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(Great Characters in Literature)

Day, James T. “Eugène Sue.” In Nineteenth Century French Fiction Writers: Romanticism and Realism, 1800-1860. Detroit: Gale Research, 1992. Basic facts about Sue’s life and works. A good place to begin research.

Murch, Alma Elizabeth. The Development of the Detective Novel. New York: Philosophical Library, 1958. Historical context for considering The Wandering Jew as an early detective novel.