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The reference to Bourbaki in the short story's first sentence makes clear that the story is set during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–1871. More specifically, the story is set after the defeat of general Charles Bourbaki's army at the Battle of the Lizaine (or Battle of Héricourt), which was fought on 15 January to 17 January 1871. The Army of the East (...


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The versions of the story of Tristan and Isolde that we know today date from the Middle Ages, a period in history when copyright did not yet exist, when originality was not the highest goal in literature, and when imitation and emulation was a perfectly respectable approach to creating new works of literature. This means that medieval literature was based on ...


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The Saar (actually la Sarre in French) in this story is a river near the border of France and Germany. The story is set in Alsace, which is bordered by that river. (As I wrote in my previous answer about this short story, Alsace has long been a bone of contention between France and Germany.) The "sliding on the river" is based on the following ...


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