A Little Tour In France, By Henry James



























































































 -   Fisher
folk of pictuesque type were strolling about, most
of them Bretons; several of the men with handsome,
simple faces - Page 123
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Fisher Folk Of Pictuesque Type Were Strolling About, Most Of Them Bretons; Several Of The Men With Handsome, Simple Faces, Not At All Brutal, And With A Splendid Brownness, - The Golden-Brown Color, On Cheek And Beard, That You See On An Old Venetian Sail.

It was a squally, showery day, with sudden drizzles of sun- shine; rows of rich-toned fishing-smacks were drawn up along the quays.

The harbor is effective to the eye by reason of three battered old towers which, at different points, overhang it and look infinitely weather- washed and sea-silvered. The most striking of these, the Tour de la Lanterne, is a big gray mass, of the fifteenth century, flanked with turrets and crowned with a Gothic steeple. I found it was called by the people of the place the Tour des Quatre Sergents, though I know not what connection it has with the touching history of the four young sergeants of the garrison of La Rochelle, who were arrested in 1821 as conspirators against the Government of the Bour- bons, and executed, amid general indignation, in Paris in the following year. The quaint little walk, with its label of Rue sur les Murs, to which one ascends from beside the Grosse Horloge, leads to this curious Tour de la Lanterne and passes under it. This walk has the top of the old town-wall, toward the sea, for a parapet on one side, and is bordered on the other with decent but irregular little tenements of fishermen, where brown old women, whose caps are as white as if they were painted, seem chiefly in possession.

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