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She had burned them. When? After she heard that the police had arrested Dubuisson. That remark exposed a weak flank in Mlle Bonafon's defense, and Marville immediately attacked. So! Long before she had burned her copies, she knew all about the "applications"; yet she had persisted in her plans to sell the book. At this point, the questioning entered into dangerous territory, because Indeed, she would have sold off her entire stock had Dubuisson not it began to cut into Bonafon's defense. Although she could not deny her been arrested.

She lived with a widow who worked for her as a servant in a sixth-floor flat at the back of a building over a tobacco shop in family, it was a "lieu privilegie" (privileged place) outside the range of the the rue Saint Honore—that is, in cheap lodgings, for economic distinc- them aloud and listen to the sounds in order to puzzle out their meaning. police. The inspectors and their spies could examine the wares on sale tions tended to be vertical in Parisian real estate: the higher the floor, the in the stalls scattered throughout its gardens, but they could not conduct poorer the tenant.

While a brigadier from the constabulary stood guard, they searched the premises and turned up a large collection of political, pornographic, and irreligious works, including Vie de Madame la comtesse du Barry. They suspected Manoury of arranging for their publication, but he denied having any connection with a printing shop. Although only thirty-four, he, too, had many years of experience in the underground trade and had spent four months in the Bastille in 1771 for publishing antigovernment tracts.

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