Madame Fontaine, Fortune Teller Extraordinaire



One of my favorite minor characters in La Comedie Humaine is Madame Fontaine. The above illustration depicts the scene from Cousin Pons when the colorful fortune teller is using her grand jeu (big pack of tarot cards), the black hen named Cleopatra and the giant toad Astaroth for one of her regular customers, Madame Cibot. Madame Fontaine also appeared briefly in Les Comédiens sans le savoir.

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