Author : Baroness Orczy
And yet people found the opportunity to amuse themselves, to dance and to go to the theatre, to enjoy music
and open-air cafes and promenades in the Palais Royal.
New fashions in dress made their appearance, milliners produced fresh "creations," and jewellers were not
idle. A grim sense of humour, born of the very intensity of ever-present danger, had dubbed the cut of certain
tunics "tete tranche," or a favourite ragout was called "a la guillotine."
On three evenings only during the past memorable four and a half years did the theatres close their doors, and
these evenings were the ones immediately following that terrible 2nd of September the day of the butchery
outside the Abbaye prison, when Paris herself was aghast with horror, and the cries of the massacred might
have drowned the calls of the audience whose hands upraised for plaudits would still be dripping with blood.
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