beginning out from the concept that the recent 'sensorium' is a newly emerged approach of seeing attribute of the fashionable, which disturbs our perceptual foundations and has the town as its epicentre, we advise an unorthodox examining of Walter Benjamin's Passagenwerk and Jules Verne's Paris au XXème Siècle. We argue that either Benjamin's and Verne's works reveal, via varied operations, a brand new sensibility and an unheard of event of modernity in French society of the second one half the 19th century, hence delineating its prehistory - which, as we see it, is in reality the protohistory of an ethos of seduction that might be crystallised within the so-called 'consumer societies' of overdue capitalism.

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