419–chapter 26 — The Count of Monte Cristo


Mother, knitter, spinner, writer, wife, weaver, host...not necessarily in that order...

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  1. Emi says:

    And because I’m weird like that, I just spent all morning trying to figure out where Cadelrousse’s inn was, and added a pin to the map. Roughly. The town that his wife is from doesn’t exist as far as I can tell, though. But I could stick a pin where she could be from.

    There’s also a line in the French that isn’t in the English translation, which was vaguely amusing – after the description of the “garden” of the inn, it says that the mistral is one of the three scourges of Provence – the other two being the Durance and Parlement. the Durance is a river that apparently likes to flood a lot.

    • Heather says:

      I can see why that sentence wasn’t translated in the old version – little chance anyone outside France would get it. Another reason I love the internet—but especially why I love CraftLit listeners!

  2. Emi says:

    Actually, it’s late and I’m tired, but I’m falling down the rabbit hole… looks like the Arles dress that I’m familiar with probably dates more from the end of the 19th century, and the version in the book was more likely to be something like this https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costume_proven%C3%A7al_comtadin

    I am now going to go to sleep (starting to approach midnight!) but I feel like I might have to follow some more links tomorrow…

  3. Emi says:

    Still catching up…

    Yes, the Camargue is full of mosquitoes; they periodically spray, but it’s a neverending battle. My guy, who grew up in Arles, remembers how bad the mosquitoes were when he was a child, and how much better it’s been the last few years that they’ve been trying harder at mosquito control.

    Arles, btw, has both a Roman theater and a coliseum; the coliseum, at least, is still used for bullfights and other events (plus a whole museum dedicated to history of the region, primarily Roman, but also going back to the Greeks). Lots of other interesting history in the area as well.

    There was also mention of traditional Arles dress in the chapter – check out a google search for “costume d’Arles” for some photos. There is an annual festival celebrating local traditions; each village sends a delegation with their local variations. The parade with the southern French cowboys on their white horses with the women in colorful dresses riding behind, the musicians with the drum hung over one arm and playing a fife with the other, the bagpipes, the dancing – we need to make the time to go back sometime soon (we always think of it too late in the year to make a point of going). There’s a little museum in Arles that is fantastic, showing various traditional aspects of life – the cowboys, the rice and salt fields… it’s been closed for renovations the last couple years, but I hope to visit it again sometime. (also, did you know that flamingos breed in the marshes of the Camargue? no joke – the symbols of the region are the white horse, the black bull, and the pink flamingo. And also, cicadas).