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Paris as it Was and as It IsParis as It Was and as It Is; or, A Sketch of the French Capital… Written by an English Traveller, During the Years 1801-2... London: C. and R. Baldwin, 1803
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The gleeful admiration of the author who exposes how someone else was fooled is usually reserved for the professional – the gangster or the confidence woman.  The author of the "sketch" of Paris soon after the Revolution is delighted with the stratagem employed by a lady "of genteel appearance and engaging address" to make off with a white lace veil worth 80 louis.  The story displayed here certainly is funny – and naughty as well, which adds to both author's and reader's delight.

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