To Do Without Sleep


“The Carillon at Malines is said to be the finest in the world, and we were happily near to the great Tower. But I thought that night that I should have to do without sleep at Malines. Every eight minutes the Cathedral clock made some sign; at the quarter and half hour there was a real performance; while at the hour, something like a long Aria rang out. When we next saw the Chanoine Francken, he assured us that he had the same experience on arrival, and that in a few nights we would cease to hear it, which proved to be true.”

— Cecilia Beaux in Background with Figures (1930), writing of a 1919 visit to Malines, Belgium


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