Forgot your password?  
Related Topics

Resources for students & teachers

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

ACT III.  SCENE 12.

#Page 83.#

[Footnote 188:  #feu de file#, volley fire.]

#Page 85.#

[Footnote 189:  #je le voudrais bien#, I wish it had been, it would have been so comical.  This was of course practically a confession.]

#Page 86.#

[Footnote 190:  #vingt-cinq louis#.  See p. 72, line 28.]

ACT III.  SCENE 13.

#Page 87.#

[Footnote 191:  #il# is masculine; wherever he may be found.]

ACT III.  SCENE 14.

#Page 88.#

[Footnote 192:  #je le pense#, I really think so.  He is surprised at the change in his character that his magnanimity has produced in him; a psychological touch as delicate as it is true.]

[Footnote 193:  #en sentinelle#, play the sentinel.]

ACT III.  SCENE 15.

#Page 89.#

[Footnote 194:  #lui en veux#, are hurt with him for it.  For the ordinary use, cp. p. 20, line 29, and p. 85, line 16.]

#Page 90.#

[Footnote 195:  #promesse#, alluding to p.74.]

[Footnote 196:  #de grace#, for mercy’s sake.]

#Page 91.#

[Footnote 197:  Note that to the very end Leonie does not suspect either her aunt’s love or her self-sacrifice.]

[Footnote 198:  #jupes#.  Fortunately for the possibility of this concealment, neither the skirts of 1817, nor those of 1851, were like those of recent years.]

ACT III, SCENE 16.

[Footnote 199:  Amnesty to political offenders was the settled policy of Louis XVIII. from the first, though he was often thwarted by his advisers.]

#Page 92.#

[Footnote 200:  #y avons donne#, have fallen into it, i.e., the trap.]

#Page 93.#

[Footnote 201:  #vous avez beau dire#, it is vain for you to protest.]

[Footnote 202:  #chemin faisant#, on the way.]

[Footnote 203:  #Ne parlons pas de cela#.  This is as far as she can becomingly go; and yet so far she must go.  We should be disappointed if de Grignon’s devotion were left without hope of reward, and yet the wound must be healed before the new love can declare itself.]

[Footnote 204:  #les as et les rois#, the leading honors at cards.  There is a double play on these words in what follows.  First, the countess gently reproaches Henri for failing in the traditional loyalty of his family to the restored royal family; then, secondly, she alludes to the rivalry of herself and Leonie as a strife of queens (#bataille de dames#), to whom Henri is the #roi# who can make a “marriage” (technical term at cards) with either he will.]

Follow Us on Facebook