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  • The French have adopted the term epicier (grocer) to designate the sort of being whom the Germans designate by the term Philistine; but the French term ” besides that it casts a slur upon a respectable class, composed of living and susceptible members, while the original Philistines are dead and buried long ago ” is really, I think, in itself much less apt and expressive than the German term.

    Matthew Arnold

  • A machine such as they hire out for a third-rate wedding to carry an epicier to the Mairie, to Church, and to the Cadran bleu. —

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • Not sooner go I from France, dan she ees marie to un grand, gros, fat epicier of La Villette -- Marie dat was fiancee au moi, gentilhomme!

    She and I, Volume 2 A Love Story. A Life History.

  • I sends un cartel -- you comprends -- to ze gros bon ami de ma Marie, ce cochon d'un epicier!

    She and I, Volume 2 A Love Story. A Life History.

  • Efforts have been made to obtain in English some term equivalent to Philister or epicier; Mr. Carlyle has made several such efforts: “Respectability with its thousand gigs,” he says; well, the occupant of every one of these gigs is, Mr. Carlyle means, a Philistine.

    Matthew Arnold

  • The epicier is bushy and curly about the ears (see an example in 'Galignani'), and moreover will keep the colour of the curl

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • A country-dance was called, and the _epicier_ claimed the fair hand of the gentle Adele.

    Night and Morning, Volume 3

  • The intelligent _epicier_ smoothed back the irritated

    Night and Morning, Volume 3

  • Somewhat agitated by a slight flutter behind the folds, which made him fancy, on the sudden panic, that Rosalie was creeping that way, the _epicier_ made an abrupt pirouette, and the hook on which the curtains were suspended caught his left coat-tail,

    Night and Morning, Volume 3

  • I had balanced a little hitherto between the _epicier_ and the Vicomte.

    Night and Morning, Volume 3


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