The Crookedness of Rue St. Denis

...again from Hawthorne's journal of his visit to Paris in 1858:


Thence we turned into the Rue St. Denis, which is one of the oldest streets in Paris, and is said to have been first marked out by the track of the saint's footsteps, where, after his martyrdom, he walked along it, with his head under his arm, in quest of a burial-place. This legend may account for the crookedness of the street; for it could not reasonably be asked of a headless man that he should walk straight.

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