I have been waiting for your return from Lyons with the most lively impatience, for, to tell you the truth, I have the greatest bijou for your American ladies that ever came out of a bleaching ground--un mouchoir de poche.
bijou = jewel; mouchoir de poche = pocket handkerchief}
MERCIE--thank you," said the Lady Flabella, as the lively but devoted Cherizette plentifully besprinkled with the fragrant compound the Lady Flabella's MOUCHOIR of finest cambric, edged with richest lace, and emblazoned at the four corners with the Flabella crest, and gorgeous heraldic bearings of that noble family.
At this instant, while the Lady Flabella yet inhaled that delicious fragrance by holding the MOUCHOIR to her exquisite, but thoughtfully-chiselled nose, the door of the BOUDOIR (artfully concealed by rich hangings of silken damask, the hue of Italy's firmament) was thrown open, and with noiseless tread two VALETS-DE- CHAMBRE, clad in sumptuous liveries of peach-blossom and gold, advanced into the room followed by a page in BAS DE SOIE--silk stockings--who, while they remained at some distance making the most graceful obeisances, advanced to the feet of his lovely mistress, and dropping on one knee presented, on a golden salver gorgeously chased, a scented BILLET.
My new fan just matches my flowers, my gloves fit to a charm, and the real lace on Aunt's mouchoir
gives an air to my whole dress.
Becky came down to him presently; whenever the dear girl expected his lordship, her toilette was prepared, her hair in perfect order, her mouchoirs
, aprons, scarfs, little morocco slippers, and other female gimcracks arranged, and she seated in some artless and agreeable posture ready to receive him--whenever she was surprised, of course, she had to fly to her apartment to take a rapid survey of matters in the glass, and to trip down again to wait upon the great peer.
Walsh, who only last week returned to action having been sidelined since suffering a broken leg since November, was coolness personified as he settled Footpad well off the furious gallop being set by his old foe Petit Mouchoir
and the chief British-trained contender Saint Calvados.
He defeated Petit Mouchoir
on merit in the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown last month and can confirm the form with the soft ground more in his favour.
I can see why some punters may side with Petit Mouchoir
in search of perceived added value.
The six-year-old is three from three since having his attentions turned towards chasing and is a hot favourite to add to his tally at the chief expense of old rival Petit Mouchoir
, trained by De Bromhead.
Henry De Bromhead is convinced Petit Mouchoir
can stun his rivals in the Racing Post Arkle.
Douvan may yet provide us with the superclash we crave, and then there are the top novices Footpad and Petit Mouchoir
to take him on, but I believe Altior has such class he could be a King George or even a Gold Cup horse.