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GK Chesterton at work Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

“Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.”
Twilight has a way of anointing city streets, especially in a GK Chesterton novel. "The evening sky, a dome of solid gold, unflaked even by a single sunset cloud, steeped the meanest sights of London in a strange and mellow light. It made a little greasy street off St Martin's Lane look as if it were paved with gold. It made the pawnbroker's halfway down it shine as if it were really that Mountain of Piety that the French poetic instinct has named it; it made the mean pseudo-French bookshop, next but one to it, a shop packed with dreary indecency, show for a moment a kind of Parisian colour," wrote Chesterton in his entertainment The Ball and the Cross (1909). A municipal pawnshop in France was a mont de pit, a corruption of mont de piété.
"And the shop that stood between the pawnshop and the shop of dreary indecency showed with quite a blaze of old world beauty, for it was, by accident, a shop not unbeautiful in itself. The front window had a glimmer of bronze and blue steel, lit, as by a few stars, by the sparks of what were alleged to be jewels; for it was, in brief, a shop of bric-a-brac and old curiosities."
A front door opened on to the street, a back door on to an odd square of garden that the sun had turned to a square of gold. "There is nothing more beautiful than thus to look as it were through the archway of a house; as if the open sky were an interior chamber, and the sun a secret lamp of the place."
fuente: The Guardian

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