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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 95 pages of information about Bataille de dames.

[Footnote 70:  #m’en voulez#, are displeased with me, “lay it up against me.”  Cp. p.20, note 1.]

[Footnote 71:  #toi#.  Except when used of deity tu, te and toi imply endearment or condescension, as, e.g., to servants, children, animals, etc.  The change from toi to vous would therefore imply a coolness between the aunt and niece.]

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[Footnote 72:  #Va-t’en#, Leave me, Let me be alone.]

[Footnote 73:  #A la bonne heure#, Well, expressing surprise and relief that the countess has dismissed her with a kiss.]

ACT I. SCENE 12.

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[Footnote 74:  #servons-nous-en#, I’ll put it to the proof.  Since the French have no first person singular imperative, they are forced to use either the plural, as here, or the subjunctive.]

ACT I. SCENE 13.

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[Footnote 75:  #mon dieu#, heavens!  He is frightened at his own courage.  When dieu contains no thought of deity, I consider it more reverent to use d.  French usage varies.  Cp. p.5, note 2.]

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[Footnote 76:  #avec joie# at the thought that she is still beautiful enough to be loved by a young man, and so possibly by Henri.  De Grignon naturally misinterprets it.]

[Footnote 77:  #dussiez-vous#, even though you should.  The imperfect subjunctive, being avoided (See p.3, note 3), has, when used, a peculiar emphasis.]

[Footnote 78:  #Bal champetre#, Rural dancing party, or festival, at which the masters may mingle with their servants and retainers.]

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[Footnote 79:  #nous jugera#, i.e., judge between us.]

[Footnote 80:  #Et moi donc#, equivalent to, And think how I must feel.]

ACT II.  SCENE 1.

[Footnote 81:  #marechal des logis de dragons#, sergeant of dragoons.]

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[Footnote 82:  #prefet#, prefect, governor of a department, appointed by the central authority.  There are now in France 87 departments, divided into 362 arrondissements and some 36,000 communes.]

[Footnote 83:  #parfaite#, very courteous or kind.]

[Footnote 84:  #bien en cour#, a favorite at court.]

[Footnote 85:  #fermes#, homesteads, tenantries.]

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[Footnote 86:  #demi-lieue#.  As now used the lieue is colloquially 4 kilometres, or 2-1/2 miles.  The old lieue was of 4,444 metres, or not quite 3 miles, and there is also a lieue marine of 5,555 metres, or 3 nautical miles.  Say:  hardly a mile and a half.]

[Footnote 87:  #Si#, Of course, or Certainly, here.]

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