by Thophile Gautier . Originally Published in Harper's New Monthly Magazine April, 1871. A man purchases the mummified foot of an ancient Egyptian princess, and she wants it back! I had entered, in an idle mood, the shop of one of those curiosity venders who are called marchands de bric--brac in that Parisian argot which is so perfectly unintelligible elsewhere in France. You have doubtless glanced occasionally through the windows of some of these shops, which have become so numerous now that it is fashionable to buy antiquated furniture, and that every petty stockbroker thinks he must have Continue reading