In addition to going to the
cafes, the working classes were also able to occasioanlly indulge
in the theater or the opera. Often they saved a small amount
of money here and there for months in order to go. When they
were able they sat in the upper balconies, above the bourgeoisie,
as depicted in the picture to the left. There were several popular
theaters in Paris at the time, and the working classes would
often attend light comedies or possibly the opera at them.
On a more regular basis, the
working class might partake of a particular game. One example
is the Provencal game of boules, which is today commonly known
as lawn bowling or bocci, which was a favorite among the Parisian
working classes. In boule, each player has a large heavy ball
and attempts to place it closest to a small target ball.
Many autobiographies reported
singing as a typical pastime and form of entertainment. Often
they sang songs connected to their trade, or patriotic songs
of war, such as the one below.
The last verse of a trade
The man who wrote this song
Was known as Sincerity-of-Macon
He wrote it while feasting on the livers
of four devouring dogs
And cutting off the head of one of their
And on the heads of these cowards,
He wrote his worthy nom de compagnon
taken from Agricol Perdiguier, Memoirs
of a Compagnon, as in Traugott, p167.