Hawthorne on Paris, January 1858

I'm reading through Nathaniel Hawthorne's travel journal entitled "French and Italian Notebooks". He's just arrived in Paris and is summarizing a quick trip where he saw the major landmarks.

A great part of this architectural splendor is due to the present Emperor, who has wrought a great change in the aspect of the city within a very few years. A traveller, if he looks at things selfishly, out to wish him a long reign and arbitrary power, since he makes it his policy to illustrate his capital with palatial edifices, which are, however, better for a stranger to look at, than for his own people to pay for.

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