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Legouvé, found his "ventre-saint-gris" ignominiously banished from his mouth by two sentences, and that he was reduced, like the girl in the old
Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books with Introductions, Notes and Illustrations Edmund Spenser 1730
Legouvé, has seen his _ventre-saint-gris_ shamefully driven from his mouth by two sentences, and has been reduced, like the young girl in the story, to let nothing fall from this royal mouth, but pearls, rubies, and sapphires -- all of them false, to say the truth. "
A History of English Romanticism in the Nineteenth Century 1886
"Well, my dear friend, Louis XIV. always has the heart-ache; it is deplorable to see a king sighing from morning till night without saying once in the course of the day, _ventre-saint-gris! corboef!
The Vicomte De Bragelonne Alexandre Dumas p��re 1836
sionnach commented on the word ventre-saint-gris
The usual oath of Henry IV of France; 'gris' being a euphemism for 'Christ'.
February 12, 2010