"He hears bells pealing, then warning-bells, and is transported to the June days of 1848"

 

 

   Reference to the ‘June Days Uprising’, one of the bloodiest conflicts in Paris’ history, which took place between the 23rd and 25th of June 1848.  During a period of dire political and economic instability a number of workers revolted, and General Louis Eugène Cavaignac was granted emergency powers as France’s head of state.  His forces violently suppressed the insurrection, killing roughly 1,500 people over several days of urban warfare.