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Friday, October 21, 2016

Gun which Verlaine used to shoot Rimbaud up for auction

On the morning of 10 July 1873 poet Paul Verlaine attempted to murder his teenage lover Arthur Rimbaud because he wanted to end the affair and return to his wife. One bullet hit Rimbaud in the wrist, while the other bullet struck the wall and ricocheted into the chimney. Having been bandaged up in hospital, Rimbaud again begged Verlaine not to leave him but Verlaine pulled out the revolver  and threatened him with it in the street. The 7mm six-shooter he used is coming up for auction for €60,000.

Via: Paris Review

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