Jak wygląda firma J. Mincel i S. Wokulski przez okna Pałacu Tyszkiewiczów-Potockich?
How does the J. Mincel & S. Wokulski Company look like through a window of the Tyszkiewicz-Potocki Palace?
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The author of this article contemplates on “Lalka” (the novel by Bolesław Prus), claiming that Tyszkiewicz Palace, current seat of Polonicum Center, is a perfect observation point of the events described in the book. The Palace constitutes literal background to the heart of the entire story – an elegant store owned by Stanisław Wokulski. We get to know, which social groups were visiting Wokulski’s premises and who, even unintentionally, was looking at Tyszkiewicz Palace windows while leaving the store. Characters described in the novel are skillfully made fit into the landscape of Warsaw’s streets known from historical records of the seventies of 19th century. “Lalka” readers proved their true belief in actual existence of Wokulski (being in love with Izabela) and perpetual dreamer Rzecki, by placing the memorial plate in the tenement gate located by Krakowskie Przedmieście street. The author encourages to reread the novel and discover this story from new perspective, through Polonicum windows.
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