There were a few among us who spoke of the Duchesse de Berri as our future mistress; but the notion prevailed that we should so soon pass into the hands of a femme de chambre, as to render the selection little desirable.
Duchesse de Berri = Marie Caroline (1798-1870), wife of Charles Ferdinand of Artois, Duke of Berry, second son of King Charles X; femme de chambre = lady's maid}
Doubtless there was another sort of fascination at work--that subtle physical attraction which delights in cheating our psychological predictions, and in compelling the men who paint sylphs, to fall in love with some bonne et brave femme
, heavy- heeled and freckled.
She is what they call here a belle femme
, which means that she is a tall, ugly woman, with style.
The youthful little Princess Bolkonskaya, known as la femme
la plus seduisante de Petersbourg,* was also there.
Sedley's kitchen--how black Sambo was in love with the cook (as indeed he was), and how he fought a battle with the coachman in her behalf; how the knife-boy was caught stealing a cold shoulder of mutton, and Miss Sedley's new femme
de chambre refused to go to bed without a wax candle; such incidents might be made to provoke much delightful laughter, and be supposed to represent scenes of "life.
Il fait la cour a une jeune et jolie femme
, and a husband who's a man of the world should only be flattered by it.
Cherchez la femme
," Mr Vladimir deigned to interrupt, unbending, but without affability; there was, on the contrary, a touch of grimness in his condescension.
Chez maman," said she, "quand il y avait du monde, je le suivais partout, au salon et e leurs chambres; souvent je regardais les femmes
de chambre coiffer et habiller les dames, et c'etait si amusant: comme cela on apprend.
The first, as you said, contains two ladies with their femmes
de chambre; the second contains the footmen, provisions, and necessaries.
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L'Association feminine d'education et d'action sociale, mieux connue sous le nom-sigle AFEAS, tient une place importante dans le mouvement des femmes