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…late at night, we came to a boarding-house full of English people at the back of the Parc Monceau. In the morning, when I had waked to the divine smell of roasting coffee and the bell-like call of the marchand-d’habits, my father said in effect, “I shall be busy every day for some time. Here is ——” I think it was two francs. “There are lots of restaurants, all called Duval, where you can eat. I will get you a free pass for the Exhibition and you can go where you please.”


This is from “Souvenirs of France”.

Rudyard, aged twelve, has accompanied his father over to Paris, where Lockwood was arranging the Indian exhibits in the Exhibition of 1878. It was the beginning of a life-time’s love of France.