Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Basically, open the book you’re currently reading and share a couple of sentences from that page on your blog. Avoid spoilers of course.
My Teaser Tuesday this week is from Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I have just started reading it. To give some context to the quote, the author has just finished describing the Church of Notre Dame and is about to describe the spectacular view of Paris from the cathedral’s towers.
The Paris of three hundred and fifty years ago, the Paris of the fifteenth century, was already a gigantic city. We modern Parisians in general are much mistaken in regard to the ground which we imagine it has gained. Since the time of Louis XI. Paris has not increased above one third; and certes it has lost much more in beauty than it has acquired in magnitude.