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Charles Baudelaire's flaneur is a “prince” who “everywhere rejoices in the incognito,” whose dominion is at once everywhere and nowhere: he has power over all spaces but obligations to none. “For the passionate spectator,” Baudelaire writes, “it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinite. To be away from home and yet to feel oneself everywhere at home; to see the world, to be at the center of the world, and yet to remain hidden from the world – impartial natures which the tongue can but clumsily define.”

as quoted here