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Addendum to the Preface

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In accordance with the resolution previously taken, the 22 chapters of Circuit are being laid out in the accepted order of the Great Book of Massilia.[1] 1 2 3 …etc. so that the pictures can been seen. The 22 verses of “Good King Dagobert” should be applied to the 22 former, but not in the order of Larousse, so that the reader who would like to discover a second “circuit” under Circuit can rearrange the chapters in the order of the verses.
Other parallels that have been considered, and that will allow the reader the pleasure of discovering for himself, are:
(a) The 22 stations of the Vincennes-Neuilly line[2]
(b) The 22 volumes of the journal of the Goncourts.[3]
(c) The 22 sections of the “Apocalypse of St John”
(d) The 22 paragraphs of “Menexène” of Plato[4] that form a framework to     the 22 books of the great work[5] of St Augustine
(e) The 22 letters and half of “The Stranger” by Balzac[6]
(f) The 22 chapters of the “Indes Noires” by Jules Verne[7]
We would like to emphasise the great importance of the number 22 to Jules Verne, whose “Extraordinary Voyages” are 66 (3 x 22) and who having been turned down by twenty-one Editors, was finally accepted by Hetzel whose building today houses the Editions de Seuil.
(translated by Vi Marriott)

[1] Editor’s Note: The Tarot of Marseilles.
[2] Editor’s Note: The 22 stations on the Paris Metro Line north from its terminus at the Château de Vincennes are: Bérault, Saint-Mandé, Porte de Vincennes, Nation, Reuilly-Diderot, Gare de Lyon, Bastille, Saint-Paul, Hôtel de Ville, Châtelet, Louvre-Rivoli, Palais Royale/Musée du Louvre, Tuileries, Concorde, Champs-Elysées/Clémenceau, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George V, Charles de Gaulle Étoile, Argentine, Porte Maillot, Les Sablons, and Pont du Neuilly.
[3] Editor’s Note: A journal in the style of the Diary of Samuel Pepys written by the aristocratic brothers Edmond de Goncourt (1822-1896) and Jules de Goncourt (1830-1870).
[4] Editor’s Note: A bust of Plato appears in Circuit and one of the characters is named Critias after Plato’s “Critias”.
[5] Editor’s Note: The City of God (in Latin: De Civitate DeiCuriously, AltaVista Babelfish wants to translate “grande oeuvre” as “philosopher’s stone.”
[6] Editor’s Note: This would be Honore de Balzac’s Letters to a Stranger. Perhaps de Chérisey borrowed a character from this work as well.
[7] Editor’s Note: The chapters are: Contradictory Letters, On the Road, The Sub-soil of the United Kingdom, The Dochart Pit, The Ford Family, Some Strange Phenomena, Simon Ford’s Experiment, An Explosion of Dynamite, New Aberfoyle, To Leave and Return, The Exploits of Jack Ryan, The Fire-Maidens, Coal Town, Hanging by a Thread, Nell at the Cottage, On the Revolving Ladder, A Sun-rise, From Loch Lomond to Loch Katrine, The Final Threat, The Penitent, Nell’s Wedding, and The Legend of Old Silfax. This last character, Silfax, seems to be borrowed from this book for use in Circuit. In Michel Lamy’s Jules Verne, initié et initiateur: La clé du secret de Rennes-le-Château et le trésor des rois de France (Editions Payot, Paris, 1984), the author calls Black Indies (also known as The Underground City, The Child of the Cavern, and Black Diamonds) a “masonic work” and compares it to The Enchanted Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 


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