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The 1850s and 1860s in France have been described as a "gilded age". "It was a parvenu period: get rich quick, show off, enjoy. Gamblers, profiteers,and demimondaines held the center of the stage.... It was then that ha Vie Parisienney as a play, as a magazine, and as a mode of life, became a byword for meretricious gaiety" (Guerard, 1959; Richardson, 1971).

During the period, a liqueur— absinthe — became identified with the Bohemian spirit that prevailed. On the boulevards, between five and six o'clock — the hour of absinthe — Parisians from all walks of life gathered to sit outside the cafes and drink their customary glasses of this green, anise-flavored liqueur.
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