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Nursery Duty

The odalisques took so many baths to slake their desire for cleanliness that their amber shoulders became pruny and they surfeited water, so instead they picked up damascened sheers and put their pruniness to work in pruning and espaliering the garden trees in hope that their husbands would someday say “sta viator amabliem conjugem clacas or at least the shrubbery she worked so hard to sculpt.”

This is the end of the line for Madame Bovary vocabulary.  Give these words (and phrases) one last sentence:
sta viator amabliem conjugem calcas

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Posted by on July 14, 2012 in Madame Bovary


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Red Herring

damascened – adj.  inlaid with gold or silver

Classical Usage:  At the beginning of Part Three, Chapter VIII Emma goes to Rodolphe to ask for money prostitute herself.  He says he doesn’t have the money, although I’m sure he would have accepted the product for free, but she doubts his honesty as her eyes fell on a damascened rifle that glittered in a trophy on the wall.

Classically Mad Usage:   I don’t own anything damascened, I don’t think, so instead I’ll ask this question:  Did you, like me, fear when we caught a glimpse of the gun that this novel was going to end with ringing shots and more than one person dead?  Flaubert fooled me for a second, there.

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Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Madame Bovary


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