The Hunchback of Notre-Dame: Novel Summary: Book II Chapter 2

The Place de Greve at the time of the story was an irregular square bounded on one side by a quay and on the other three by the backs of houses. At its center were three heavy buildings that formed one structure and a permanent gibbet and pillory for punishing lawbreakers. The author observes that it is heartening to think that since the time of the story the method and machinery of capital punishment has been reduced to a single guillotine in the Greve.