We are in port Vauban on the cap d’antibes.
Want to photograph the Fort of Kara – the famous ancient fortress in the shape of four-pointed stars in the same angle in which it was captured by French landscape artist Eugene Boudin on the canvas “Fort Caret”.
Photo of this painting I placed in the lower left corner of the image area and the Fort. Of course, over half a century since the picture was painted, the landscape has changed. In my opinion, for the better.
Amazing water views, reinforced by the memory of such extraordinary events and people associated with these places, set up a romantic mood.
Not coincidentally, guy de Maupassant wrote: “… I have not seen anything striking, than Antibes in the background of the Alps in the sunset.
And that’s why I haunt antique reminiscences; I can think of the poems of Homer: because in front of me was an ancient city in the East, the town of Odyssey – Troy, although Troy and stood far from the sea…”
Probably because of these most ancient reminiscences and settled here, the writer of the heroes of his story “the Lady of Paris”.
Involuntarily reminded of a line from Maupassant this story:
“I was sitting on the pier of the small port Abernon, near the village of Sali, and admired the’antibes at sunset. Never have I seen anything more exciting and more wonderful.
The town, full of heavy fortifications erected by Vauban, juts into the sea, in the middle of a huge Bay on the shore which is nice. High sea billows broke against the foot of the castle walls, bathing them with the lace of foam, and above the walls of the house clawing at each other to the towers, staring at the sky, as two horns of an ancient helmet. And both towers loomed milk to the white Alps on huge and distant snow wall, zagradovka the horizon”.
Let me remind you of canvas of the story. The writer, admiring the views of Antibes and the Alps, show high, beautiful dark-haired woman walking on the road along the beach to the Cape.
Satellite writer talks about her. Young beauty issued for official by name Paris, which was “…pot-bellied man, one of those short guys that shuffle feet wide, not the pants”, met during his daily walks with a young war hero handsome major-General Jean de Carmelina.
A few weeks relations between young people remain Platonic.
After a short walk the lady back to his house, like, probably one of those that we see in another painting by eugène Boudin “Street of Rue d’antibes” – in the picture at the bottom center. And the major went to the bored fortress.
But one evening, as if by chance, the lady reported that her husband left for a couple of days on business. The officer rushes to her feet and prays to be allowed to come to her tonight. Lady pretends to be angry, and leaves.
The next morning the major, fiercely scolding his battalion, but Breakfast gets a note. The lady invites you to come to her at ten o’clock. Major on top of the world!
And then for dinner he bring a copy of a telegram from her husband’s lover, in which he reports that things has ended and returns in the evening for the nine o’clock train.
Well, no, guardsmen don’t give up. The major writes a lovely lady – don’t worry, your Mr. Paris today, get back, I’ll be in ten.
And he sends the soldiers of his battalion to cordon off the city, so much so that the fly is not flying.
Cowardly husband waits the night on the station, while the young lovers …
And then it was opened, the battalion, together with severely punished the mayor sent somewhere far away. The couple separated…
The writer gives her official name with a hint of the name of the son of the Trojan Prince Paris, treacherously kidnapped the wife of Spartan king Menelaus, the beautiful Helen.
Which, as the reader will recall, started the Trojan war, Troy burned, and Helen was returned to Menelaus.
In my opinion, the plot of the story more resembles the biblical narrative of king David and the beautiful Bathsheba.
However, unlike David, major, still, has not sent the husband beloved to certain death.
At the end of the story de Maupassant writes: ” I wanted her to bow down to a sad and destitute woman that still remembers the distant night of love and courageous man who did not fear for her kiss to enter in a state of siege and to ruin his career”.
And we have another reason for thinking …