“City Slicker” – noun – informal, derogatory: a person with the sophistication and values generally associated with urban dwellers.
The opportunistic raven is nobody’s fool. He is sleek, healthy, clever, and manages just fine thank you very much in the heart of the city. Not unlike Fagin from “Oliver“, he is “reviewing the situation” when I observe him. Our encounter is in Jaures – a less salubrious area of Paris than a tourist might want to visit. However not being a tourist, but a flâneur (a person who saunters around observing society) I find myself there.
It is business as usual for this feathered city slicker – while I make a hasty retreat back down the more genteel (and safe) path beside Canal St. Martin.