n.1.A woman's light scarflike head covering, usually knit or crocheted of wool.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Anxious to please him, she raced round the beds till she came back to the porch where he stood, and, dropping down upon the steps, she sat panting, with cheeks as rosy as the rigolette on her shoulders.
Out of them, two container ships, Safmarine Ngami ad CMA CGM Rigolette sailed out to sea on Monday morning and three more ships, Fortitude, Pavo Bright and Forest Park are expected to sail on the same day in the afternoon respectively.
Informing La Goualeuse that "c'est ta vocation de porter un bonnet de paysanne, comme la mienne de porter un bonnet de grisette," Rigolette responds naively to her friend's appearance as she relies on the metonymic function of clothing and accessories to announce one's occupation and consequent social standing (Sue 833).
So even as characters, such as Rigolette, rely on visual identifications as they interact with other city dwellers, Sue illustrates how deceit and disguise complicate the legibility of urban types.
(2) Although she can pass as a peasant in Rigolette's eyes, this persona only masks an older, seemingly ineffaceable, identity.
In order to trade sexual servitude and economic vulnerability for tranquility and safety within the patriarchal family, La Goualeuse, La Louve, and even the virtuous Rigolette must leave the city behind in favor of more rural retreats.
The similar backgrounds but different outcomes of La Goualeuse and Rigolette, for example, underline the importance of securing a steady domicile when faced with the pleasures and pains of metropolitan life.
Rigolette is the novel's striking example of a working girl made good, and Sue renders her (and not La Goualeuse) the rule rather than the exception.
Even before Rigolette is engulfed by Rodolphe's project of working-class bourgeosification, however, she defies the stereotypes associated with her type and bends the rules by which all Parisian grisettes were known to live.
He used the term "grisettes" in describing the courtesan Rigolette in the Mysteries.