"Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; — the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!"
--from "A Tale of Two Cities" (1859) by Charles Dickens
Beware the guillotine as anti-monarchists prepare for the royal wedding
As Britain makes last-minute preparations for Friday's royal wedding,
anti-monarchists from across Europe plan to use the occasion to call for
the abolition of Europe's royal families.
The DW-WORLD.DE Article
Sparing Shoes. The book is rich in such raw slices of life; like any day's newspaper, it is an anthology of comedy and horror. In the style of a film documentary, it flicks through some terrible hours of history. One moment it is a priest disguised in a red waistcoat waiting fearfully in the streets to give a last blessing to a tumbrel full of ladies on their way to the knife. Another provides a vignette of an aged émigré aristocrat in the counter-revolutionary army marching barefoot with his shoes slung on his bayonet to save the wear and tear. A last note in the book—a letter from an obscure Parisian called Bonaparte to his brother back in Corsica—gives promise of more to come. Napoleon was crazy about the Paris women; all he wanted to complete his happiness was a "chance to take part in a battle."
As if this weren’t enough, Oprah Winfrey, that literary kingmaker, recently selected “A Tale of Two Cities” and “Great Expectations” as her two book-club picks, billing her choice as a fireside "Date with Dickens". She confessed that she had never read Dickens before, and seemed to offer no reason for choosing his work aside from the fact that it was the holidays. I can certainly think of no better image to relish during the holiday season than that of hordes of ragged, bloody Frenchmen being led in tumbrels to the guillotine (ie, the worst of times). But seriously, who else gets this kind of treatment? I’m surprised that Starbucks hasn’t already offered a Dickens Lemon Latte Punch (perhaps with a Perfect Proust Madeleine with proof of purchase). With this year marking the 140th anniversary of his death, and with the bicentennial of his birth less than two years away, it looks as if Charles Dickens, Inc. is up for yet another banner year.
To the guillotine, all aristocrats!
A. A. Dixon
7.2 inches high x 4.9 inches wide[Book 3, Ch.15, "The Footsteps Die Out For Ever," Penguin edition p. 401. Oxford World's Classics edition p. 461. Carton and the little seamstress rumble off to their deaths in a tumbrel escorted by Jacobins.]
Vaporetto is a waterbus operation. It has a set of 19 scheduled lines that serves locales within Venice, Italy, and travel between Venice and nearby islands, e.g., Murano and Lido. (The name, vaporetto, also serves as the appellation for a single such craft, vaporetti being the plural version of the name.) The waterbus line is operated by Azienda Consorzio Trasporti Veneziano (ACTV), the Venetian public transportation system.
ACTV sells 12, 24, 36, 48 and 72 hour passes as well as single-journey tickets and 7-day passes.
- Main website for the Vaporetto
- Ticket offices for the Vaporetto
- Illustrated introduction and how-go guide for visitors
- Description of fares
- Description of lines' routes