The Tower

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William Morris visited Paris shortly after the completion of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. The tower was notable for many reasons. Not only was it the tallest structure in the world at the time, but it was made from iron and it served no practical purpose.

During his stay, Morris spent most of the daylight hours in the tower. He ate all his meals there and occupied himself with painting and sketching.

Gratified by his interest, one of the staff approached him:

"You are certainly impressed with our tower, monsieur."

"Impressed," rejoined Morris, "It's the only place in Paris where I can avoid seeing the thing ..."