Paris Spleen, 1869 - Section 13: The Port, Portraits of Mistresses & The Gallant Marksman Summary & Analysis

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Section 13: The Port, Portraits of Mistresses & The Gallant Marksman Summary

In "The Port", the narrator describes a port as resting place for the wearied eyes. He sees the port as a place where the adventurous leave and the weary return. In "Portraits of Mistresses", four men sit talking and smoking in a gambling house. One man begins a conversation of women, of which he proceeds to describe the stages that a man progresses through when he takes on a mistress. The man tells of his last Mistress, who was the bastard child of a Prince and was power hungry, so much so that she continuously commented that "If she were a man" or made further comments on her benefactor's choices. The second man interjected with his own story that although he had not had complaints of himself, he had missed his...

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