Rabbits and Dens of Iniquity
Jesse prompts me to participate in a game where one must:
Find the nearest book.
Turn to page 123.
Go to the fifth sentence on the page.
Copy out the next three sentences and post to your blog.
Name the book and the author, and tag three more folks.
The elaborate decoration and extensive equipment of these establishments explain the high prices levied on the clients. The interior decoration of the great fin-de-siecle tolerances was extravagant. Many keepers were determined to renovate their establishments on the occasion of the universal exhibitions of 1878, 1889, and above all 1900. Again, although picturesque description is not my purpose here, I shall quote from the accounts of some of these establishments to be found in the Meunier report:
"A Swiss rock, with a marvelous grotto and a rustic staircase, is one of the curiosities and one of the mysteries of the establishment [situated in the rue Chabanais]. [...]"
--Alain Corbin, Women for Hire: Prostitution and Sexuality in France after 1850
Well... that was the book closest to the laptop and it did not serve too badly. I don't suppose that Textiles of the Arts & Crafts Movement would have been quite so intriguing. (It now dawns on me that I can't count and quoted five sentences, but the hell with it.)
I tag Kristen, P'tit-Loup, and Rabbit Girl.