Classical Usage: Uncle Tom takes a beating, and that night Cassy shows up to help him. He attempts to thank her, and she gets a bit snippy with him, but continues her care, “Don’t call me Missis! I’m a miserable slave, like yourself, – a lower one than you can ever be!” she said bitterly; “but now, ” said she, going to the door, and dragging in a small paillasse, over which she had spread linen cloths wet with cold water, “try, my poor fellow, to roll yourself on to this.”
Classically Mad Usage: Our children can sleep practically anywhere. Hard floor? No problem. Toddler bed with no mattress, just a sheet of plywood? Why not. A paillasse? I can’t see why not, although the sneezing would probably keep me awake.