The Lost Sponge

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A high-strung kitchen boy breaks a bit of annoying news to a more lackadaisical chef

"You know, that sponge you said I lost? well, you put it into Ms. Grimblot's vol-au-vent."
"Dammit! A sponge worth three francs in a forty-sous vol-au-vent!"


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A high-strung kitchen boy breaks a bit of annoying news to a more lackadaisical chef.

This illustration was published in Le Charivari on March 23, 1842. It is the forty-ninth lithograph in a series of fifty titled Types parisiens. Second state of three.

The caption reads in the original French:

— Vous savez bien l’éponge que vous disiez que je l’avais perdue ; eh bien vous l’aviez mise dans le vol-au-vent de madame Grimblot !
— Cré nom ! une éponge de trois francs ; dans un vol-au-vent de quarante sous !

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