Monday, October 02, 2017


This One Is For You

Julian Barnes, "The Man Who Saved Old France," Through the Window: Seventeen Essays and a Short Story (New York: Vintage Books, 2012), page number unknown:
In La Charité-sur-Loire, two locksmiths had built their houses against the wall of the abbey church, so that their sleeping alcoves were decorated with spectacular eleventh- and twelfth-century bas-reliefs. A month before Mérimée's arrival, a soldier had lodged with one of the locksmiths and slept next to a sculpture of God the Father surrounded by saints and angels. He had a less than satisfactory night. In the morning he took his stick, chastised the figure of God with the words, 'You invented bedbugs, so this one is for you,' and knocked its head off.

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