But Wolfe, who patronized bordellos, seems opposed to regulation on broader moral grounds, as he showed an "evil" maison that fundamentally perverted integrity.
The facts are that the two maisons nearest the Folies (located at 32 rue Richer, 9th arrondissement) were, at the time, Le Montyon, a block away, old and select, in what was a neo-gothic building at 14 rue Montyon (a "Pressing" in a modern building today); and two blocks away, a middle-class bordello called the Star of Venus, at 7 rue de la Grange-Bateliere.
In 1935 he apparently looked into the Chabanais, the most highbrow establishment, at 12 rue Chabanais in the 12th arrondissement--once patronized by Edward VII, a favorite of French politicians, and recommended by Reynolds (107)--but he went instead to the bordello that Toulouse Lautrec had frequented, La Fleur Blanche, at 6 rue des Moulins, because it was cheaper (Notebooks2: 674).
And his description of the bordello does more than titillate, making a voyeur of the reader.
You are genteel.") as well as on the grueling bordello working conditions: "But yes, sir, all the days except the Tuesday, when I make my promenade." His experience with Yvonne can apparently be summed up in these rather positive words: "She was courteous and good-tempered and polite....
In the vignette that immediately follows Monk's visit to the bordello, at the end of chapter 45, Monk is in the rue St.
Thus the reflective effect in the flashback stresses the importance of cumulative experience, with the situation of the vignette suggesting the bordello episode's decisive impact on Monk.
Wolfe shows a "taste for and perception of the unusual" akin to the surrealists' (Aragon 14), making of the oft-chosen subject of authors, photographers, and painters--a bordello "presentation"--what is apparently the only literary text about the common Folies Bergere scam.