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  • Here is a report, but I believe a very groundless one, that your old acquaintance, the fair Madame C------ e, is run away from her husband, with a jeweler, that 'etrennes' her, and is come over here; but I dare say it is some mistake, or perhaps a lie.

    Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1759-65

  • Spanish as the French say etrennes, or the English handsell or luckpenny — phrases used by inferiors to their patrons as the bringers of good news.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • About the etrennes post that you had a link to: A couple of years ago my mum got given a calendar featuring i kid you not12 rather hairy farmers in various states of undress.

    playground love

  • Here is a report, but I believe a very groundless one, that your old acquaintance, the fair Madame C — — — e, is run away from her husband, with a jeweler, that etrennes her, and is come over here; but I dare say it is some mistake, or perhaps a lie.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • Or is les etrennes confined to the metropolitan areas?

    calendar boys

  • The poor maid, who appeared jaded to the bone, confessed that her mistress detained half her etrennes, and I have reason to believe that she spoke truth.

    Itinerary of Provence and the Rhone Made During the Year 1819

  • Maria, but Mrs. Ferrars would not listen, and treading airily, yet with reverence that would have befitted a royal palace, Genevieve was ushered upstairs, and with heartfelt sweetness, and timid grace, presented her etrennes.

    The Young Step-Mother

  • New Year's presents [_etrennes_], no singing of 'the king's drinking-song

    A Popular History of France from the Earliest Times, Volume 5

  • Suetonius to describe the supreme authority vested in the Caesars, as before at the beginning of chap. xxiv., distinguished from any terms which conveyed of kingly power, the forms of the republic, as we have lately seen, still subsisting.] [Footnote 333: Strenas; the French etrennes.] [Footnote 334: "Tiberius pulled down the temple of Isis, caused her image to be thrown into the Tiber, and crucified her priests."

    De vita Caesarum

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  • New Year's gifts

    January 3, 2012