Aerial Views of The Enormous Room
Back view of the three-building complex from the air.
The "chapel" is on the left; the Enormous Room was on the top floor,
(Kennedy, Dreams 150).
The three-building complex seen from the town of La
Ferté-Macé. At the bottom of this photo is the
Place Neustadt, formerly the Place du Château. Following the line
of the main
street just to the left of the Place (the Rue D'Alençon), we
to an open space, the Place du Midi
Place du Général de Gaulle), the "species of square"
that Cummings and other inmates visited on journeys
to "catch" water for the cook. The Enormous Room buildings are on
the far side of the Place du Midi—the wing of the Enormous Room is the
most clearly visible, fronting the square. Next on the right is the
middle portion of the
building-complex, and further right, partially obscured by trees, is
church. Beyond, we can see the fields where, one day near the end of
detention, Cummings saw snow "falling,gradually and wonderfully
falling,silently falling throught the thick soundless autumn" (232).
This photo is courtesy of the site "La Ferté-Macé,
hier,... par les cartes postales anciennes."
Enormous Room page
Gill, "Windows of Nowhere"
"an iron contrivance . . . " (page 1)
and "an iron contrivance . . . " (page
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