Émile Zola on Victorian London

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Interviewed on his return to Paris with regard to his impressions of London, M. Zola said: “I was much feted, and must thank my friends in England for their greeting. As to the appearance of London, which, as you know, I visited for the first time, the big city made an indelible impression on my mind. Its beauty is not in its monuments, but in its immensity; the colossal character of its quays and bridges, to which ours are as toys. […]

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