[identity profile] livviebway.livejournal.com
My first day living in Paris and the first thing I did was make a little side trip to la Maison Duplay.  The plaque is still in fine shape, the patisserie Les Délices de Manon is still going strong next door.  There was a man from Les Délices who noticed me standing there looking up at the plaque and said I could go inside the courtyard, so I did.  It was all alone in there and it was so quiet.  The courtyard opens onto a giant window for the restaurant of Les Délices de Manon, so I spent some time contemplating the metaphysical space of the Duplays' living room.

I remember in the book The Way of the Tumbrils there was a little map of the courtyard, and maybe in some other books as well?  I was wondering if anyone had a map so I could orient myself a little more when I inevitably head back.
[identity profile] estellacat.livejournal.com

This will be the third and last part of the translation of Élisabeth's memoirs. It treats Thermidor, as well as some random miscellanies. Given that, it's probably unnecessary to warn you that it may be depressing, but I'll do so anyway, just in case. It's not all depressing though, and it is worth reading. If anyone is interested, I also have the original French version of this section and the last one here at my journal.

Part III )
[identity profile] estellacat.livejournal.com

I must warn you that this is the last somewhat happy section. The next (and last) one skips all the way to Thermidor. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. This post talks about complications for Élisabeth and Le Bas's relationship, their marriage, and Le Bas and Saint-Just's mission to the Armée du Rhin. Enjoy! (And don't forget to comment. :D)

Part II )
[identity profile] estellacat.livejournal.com
Now that I've you all a few days to digest the last chapters and appendices of Charlotte Robespierre's memoirs, as promised, this will be the first of probably several posts of  Élisabeth Le Bas's. A note though: the tone, as you might have guessed, is rather different from Charlotte's. Élisabeth's memoirs are focused on herself, rather than the famous historical figures she knew. She only really discusses them in relation to herself. Which is actually more interesting in some cases, narrative-wise. But you'll see. And please do comment on the content: it would be nice to be able to discuss it. (Especially since this is the part containing the basis for that infamous scene in A Place of Greater Safety--if you don't know about that, so much the better for you and your brain.)

Part I )

Oh, also, this is drawn from Autour de Robespierre : Le Conventionnel Le Bas, which is by Paul Coutant, alias Stéfane-Pol, Le Bas's grandson's son-in-law--as the note penciled into my copy so helpfully points out. 

EDIT: I've also posted this in the original here, if anyone is interested.

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