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

ACT III.  SCENE 4.

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[Footnote 170:  #donnerez pas le change#, put off the scent.  A hunting term.]

[Footnote 171:  #m’en garderais bien#, i.e., take good care not to, pretending that his search amuses her because it will certainly fail.]

[Footnote 172:  #Ah! ca#, Really now.  Mockingly.]

ACT III.  SCENE 5.

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[Footnote 173:  #en bourgeois#, in citizen’s dress.  Similarly, en domestique, p.70, line 11.]

ACT III, SCENE 6.

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[Footnote 174:  #Dieu#, etc., Goodness, how afraid I am that I shall be afraid.]

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[Footnote 175:  #a moi#, in my service.]

[Footnote 176:  #en reponds#, answer for him, i.e., guarantee his innocence.]

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[Footnote 177:  #grand dieu#, great heavens, do you call that wit and tact!  Do you suppose, etc.]

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[Footnote 178:  #vous payer de#, repay you for.  Note the difference between this and vous payer tout, “pay you all.”]

ACT III.  SCENE 7.

[Footnote 179:  #courrier#, despatch, here.  Cp. p.4, line 17.]

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[Footnote 180:  #passe avant#, takes precedence of.  The term is from aristocratic etiquette.]

[Footnote 181:  #j’y pense#, it just occurs to me.]

ACT III.  SCENE 9.

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[Footnote 182:  #prerogatives#, consideration.  For instance, one might choose to be shot rather than guillotined, to look death in the face with unbandaged eyes, and to give the command to fire, all matters regarded as questions of honor by soldiers sentenced to death.]

[Footnote 183:  #sans bruit#, unostentatiously, but de Grignon takes it literally.  The rest of this scene recalls not unsuccessfully Moliere’s sans dot in “l’Avare,” Act I., Scene 5.]

ACT III.  SCENE 10.

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[Footnote 184:  #de gaiete de coeur#, frivolously or wantonly, here.]

ACT III.  SCENE 11.

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[Footnote 185:  #reellement# is meant to hint a pity that foreshadows the dawn of the love suggested in p. 93, line 7.]

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[Footnote 186:  #tant y a-t-il que#, any way this much is certain that.]

[Footnote 187:  #j’ai ce qu’il me faut#.  The phrase has a touch of irony that is not in de Grignon’s character.]

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