A French Halloween

05 Jul

stevedores – n.  one who loads and unloads ships in a port

Classical Usage:  I would have expected to find this word in Moby-Dick, but nope, here we are in Rouen watching Léon and Emma get “reaquainted.”  In fact he didn’t exactly remember all the good times they had, like the suppers following fancy-dress balls, with the girls costumed as stevedores.

Classically Mad Usage:  Okay, I don’t plan on using stevedores any time soon in any sort of entertaining way, so I’m just going to take this time to ask:  What????  Girls dressed like shipyard dudes who unload freight??  Is this the French version of the French maids costume?  What on earth is this about?  Or don’t I want to know?

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Posted by on July 5, 2012 in Madame Bovary


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One response to “A French Halloween

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    July 6, 2012 at 7:34 am

    When I read that part about girls dressed as stevedores I had the same response — “What???”

    Aunt Charity would never approve of such a thing.


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