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Left Bank

a district of Paris, on the S bank of the River Seine; frequented by artists, students, etc.
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left bank

[′left ¦baŋk]
(geography)
The bank of a stream or river on the left of an observer when he is facing in the direction of flow, or downstream.
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References in classic literature ?
The second, which was called the Rue de la Harpe on the left bank, Rue de la Barillerié in the island, Rue Saint- Denis on the right bank, Pont Saint-Michel on one arm of the Seine, Pont au Change on the other, ran from the Porte Saint-Michel in the University, to the Porte Saint-Denis in the Town.
Some fine mansions here and there made magnificent outlines against the picturesque attics of the left bank. The house of Nevers, the house of Rome, the house of Reims, which have disappeared; the Hôtel de Cluny, which still exists, for the consolation of the artist, and whose tower was so stupidly deprived of its crown a few years ago.
I thought of the one family so near us who were neither gone nor going to the left bank of the Niger, and wondered how she could be so placid.
They will follow the left bank of the Loire, while the court will come by the right."
Flushing, as he sat down, advised them to keep their eyes fixed on the left bank, where they would soon pass a clearing, and in that clearing, was a hut where Mackenzie, the famous explorer, had died of fever some ten years ago, almost within reach of civilisation--Mackenzie, he repeated, the man who went farther inland than any one's been yet.