"an iron contrivance . . . " ("a kind of hydrant") I

place du Midi pump 1

In this undated postcard photo of the Place du Midi in La Ferté-Macé, we can see a woman leaning over some "kind of hydrant" or "iron contrivance" (Enormous Room 157). Could this be the pump where C and his fellow inmates went to "catch water"? For the answer, continue to "an iron contrivance . . . "  (page 2). [Links: Another postcard of a woman at the pump. And here is one more postcard photo of women drawing ("catching") water at the pump. All photos are from the "place du Midi (Général De Gaulle)" page at the site "La Ferté-Macé, hier,... par les cartes postales anciennes."]

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