bonne


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bonne

(bɔn)
n
(Professions) a housemaid or female servant
[C18: from feminine of bon good]
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She made no ineffectual efforts to conduct her household en bonne menagere, going and coming as it suited her fancy, and, so far as she was able, lending herself to any passing caprice.
"Well, bonne chance!" she added, giving Vronsky one finger of the hand in which she held her fan, and with a shrug of her shoulders she twitched down the bodice of her gown that had worked up, so as to be duly naked as she moved forward towards the footlights into the light of the gas, and the sight of all eyes.
"D'ou venez-vous--ou allez-vous, d'aussi bonne heure?" demanded the grenadier, in the language and with the accent of a man from old France.
Thus all the superior officers being summoned on duty elsewhere, Jos Sedley was left in command of the little colony at Brussels, with Amelia invalided, Isidor, his Belgian servant, and the bonne, who was maid-of-all-work for the establishment, as a garrison under him.
"C'est assez, ma bonne amie; a present je ne veux pas vous retenir davantage."
To use an author quoted by himself, 'Tai trouvé souvent que la plupart des sectes ont raison dans une bonne partie de ce qu'elles avancent, mais non pas en ce qu'elles nient , ' and to employ his own language, he has imprisoned his own conceptions by the barrier he has erected against those of others.
"Adieu, ma bonne," answered Prince Vasili turning away from her.
"Un de, ma bonne demoiselle!" exclaimed the woman to whom the thimble was offered for sale; this is so common an article as scarcely to command any price.
You're more likely to earn your living as a bonne a tout faire than as a painter.
Fairfax's parlour fireside, and given her her best wax doll (which I usually kept enveloped in silver paper in a drawer) to play with, and a story-book for change of amusement; and having replied to her "Revenez bientot, ma bonne amie, ma chere Mdlle.
But it would not take us more than two months to get through fifty thousand francs; for, look you, je suis bonne enfante, et tu verras des etoiles, you may be sure."
mon Dieu!" sighed Porthos, lying down again, like children who contend with their bonne to gain an hour or two more sleep.