Exercises in French Composition; For Schools and Colleges

Exercises in French Composition; For Schools and Colleges

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...away (subj.), for I quickly showed him the fist of an Englishman." The Marchioness Of Charlus And Her Wig Formerly both men and women wore wigs. At the time of which I speak the ladies wore head-dresses called commodes, because they were not fastened, but could easily be put on and taken off, just as (the) men put on or take off their wigs or their night-caps. It was the fashion that all the headdresses for women (de femme) should be (impf. subj.) very high. The Marchioness of Charlus was a very irascible old lady. She was rich, but stingy, and always dressed very badly. One day she was visiting the princess of Conti, the granddaughter of the great Conde. There were many people, and the guests amused themselves by playing cards. Finally supper was served. The marchioness, who was not better dressed than usual, was seated near the archbishop of Reims, Le Tellier. She took a boiled egg, which she opened; leaning forward (s'avancer) to take some salt, her wig caught fire from a candle near by (voisiri) without her noticing (inf.) it. The archbishop seeing her wig all ablaze (en feu) snatched it off (arracher) and threw it on the floor. Madame de Charlus in her (the) surprise and indignation at (de) feeling herself bare-beaded (decoiffee), without knowing why, threw her egg into (d) the-.rchbishop's face. He did nothing but laugh at it, and the whole company shouted (fut aux eclats) at seeing the little gray head of the marchioness and the archbishop's omelet. Madame Charlus was furious because she thought that he had meant (voidoir) to insult her, and it was a long time before she could (subj.) understand why she was bared (pelee) thus before everybody. Her wig was burnt up, and the princess de Conti ordered one to be brought for her, but in...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236597915
  • 9781236597915