-Balzac: first thing this morning I went to get a new copy of Illusions Perdues. I owned a cheap cheap cheap one (less than 1 euro) that i bought ages ago, when I didn't have a sou, with the tiniest print in the world and brownish paper. I wonder how I didn't go blind the first time i read it. Now I am the proud owner of a normal paperback edition. Actually it is a wonderful "Pocket Classiques" paperback edition with notes and and "étude de l'oeuvre" of nearly 100 pages! best thing is that I read so long ago, that I scarcely remember anything. I know that Vautrin is in it as Herrera, but was Rastignac in it too? I kind of remember he only had a cameo
-Marianne: minor surgery? I hope it was really "minor". We'll try to cheer you up with our research squees...
-Painting: I love the guy on the far left too. He looks somewhere between bored, fed-up and angry. And I haden't even noticed the boykissing. You and your dirty minds,
-Flyte-y Prouvaire! You're not planning now on having him walking around Paris with a teddy bear under his arm, aren't you? And I must have a cruel streak or something, but I still find SO tempting the idea of sending him to jail...
The newspaper thing sounds reasonable. I should know something more about it since I wrote I don't know how many papers on 19th century press while I was in college. But somehow, I always managed to turn the assignements round and write about the last page feuilletons while my class mates studied the political and social news, so...
Check this link
and click on Costumes et mœurs à Paris sous la Restauration
and Costumes et mœurs à Paris en 1830.
It seems to be mainly about women's fashion (which can be useful too, since maybe our boys want to make a nice present to some girl or other), but there is also a lot of information about all kind of things, from the best fashion and furniture shops, to fashionable promenades, cafés, restaurants, songs, famous salons, sports, games, gambling tripots, bals, amusements. Most surprising discovery: the "montagnes russes!"(roller coasters). Can you imagine a roaler coaster ride in early 19th century and the safety of it? please, please, no matter how safe the owner say it is, don't let Bossuet take a ride!
Also, if someone has a deeper interest in the parisian dance halls (courfeyrac? bossuet?), I've found this:
http://compagnie.danse.19e.free.fr/Le-b ... umiere.php
On the left you have links for many other popular bals. Le Ranelagh link has also a small pic from 1838
http://compagnie.danse.19e.free.fr/Le-b ... nelagh.php
with small pic from 38