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He associates the laughable not with an objective situation (variously ridiculous, turpitudinous, or self-ignorant), but with the psychology of the laughing subject: "Le comique, la puissance du rire est dans le rieur et nullement dans l'objet du rire" [251].
A new grotesque now takes the place of the marvelous or turpitudinous phenomena that fascinate Baudelaire.