"A Little Tour of France" by Henry James 1900 (6)

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The Palais de Justice was the seat of the of Léon Gambetta in the autumn of 1870, after the had been obliged to retire in his balloon from Paris and before the Assembly was at Bordeaux. The Germans occupied Tours during that terrible winter: it is , the number of places the Germans occupied. It is too much to say that, wherever one goes in certain parts of France, one encounters two great facts: one is the Revolution; the other is the German . The traces of the Revolution remain in a hundred scars and bruises and , but the visible marks of the war of 1870 have passed away. The country is so rich, so living, that she has been able to dress her wounds, to hold up her head, to smile again, so that the shadow of that has ceased to rest upon her. But what you do not see you still may hear; and one remembers with a certain shudder that only a few short years ago this province, so French, was under the heel of a foreign foe. To be intimately French was not a safeguard; for so successful an invader it could only be a challenge. Peace and plenty, however, have that episode; and among the gardens and vineyards of Touraine it seems only a legend the more in a country of .


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