• LOCATION 22 | The Chairfather: Père Lachaise Part I

    Famille Carton

    Before meeting our next révolutionnaire, take a peek at the wide grave at the intersection of the cobblestone path, Chemin des Chèvres and the dirt path Chemin Saint-Louis.

    It’s peach-tinted, similar in color to the Dragon’s tomb, and has famille Carton chiseled on the top.

    Walk around the back, so I may show you something. No tricks this time, I promise!

    Do you see the drawing of blocks stacked on one another, each one labeled with a number?

    Remember how I mentioned at the tomb of Stein and Toklas that European graves are communal affairs? This family has taken their plot to extremes. The drawing shows the precise order in which to pile 60 caskets, making room for granny Violette, uncle Théophile, and many cousins to come. There may still be room for you if you hurry and marry into the Carton family!

    By the way, Carton means the same thing in French as English: a box. This place could have been the first Big Lots! store.

    When you're ready, continue left, climbing the dirt path which is known as Chemin Saint-Louis.

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The Chairfather: Père Lachaise Part I