作者：（法國）雨果（Hugo V.） 譯者：王彥鋒
carried out at least with impartiality and grandeur - have been added those of a swarm of school-trained architects, duly licensed and incorporated,degrading their art deliberately and, with all the discernment of bad taste, substituting the Louis XV fussiness for Gothic simplicity, and all to the greater glory of the Parthenon. This is the kick of the ass to the dying lion； it is the ancient oak, dead already above, gnawed at the roots by worms and vermin.
How remote is this from the time when Robert Cenalis, comparing Notre-Dame at Paris with the far-famed Temple of Diana at Ephesus, "so much vaunted by the ancient pagans," which immortalized Erostratus, considered the Gallican Cathedral "more excellent in length, breadth, height, and structure."
For the rest, Notre-Dame cannot, from the architectural point of view, be called complete, definite,classified. It is not a Roman church, neither is it a Gothic church. It is not typical of any style of architecture. Notre-Dame has not, like the Abbey of Tournus, the grave and massive squareness, the round,wide, vaulted roof, the frigid nudity, the majestic simplicity of the edifices which have their origin in the Roman arch. Nor is it like the Cathedral of Bourges, the splendid, airy, multiform, foliated,pinnacled, efflorescent product of the Gothic arch.Impossible, either, to rank it among that antique family of churches -- sombre, mysterious, low-pitched, cowering, as it were, under the weight of the round arch； half Egyptian, wholly hieroglyphical,wholly sacerdotal, wholly symbolical； as regards ornament.