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The Story of John and Abigail Adams in Europe

remember telling friends that I was afraid some of my clients might think I was a particularly uncultured young Frenchwoman. On the other band, I took pride in my ability to "fool" French people, to understand Personal adjustment and childrens bilingualism 131 their jokes and cultural references, even (after a few years) to enjoy the wordplay of comedians such äs Raymond Devos. As I was learning French, I was also learning about French manners and food. My father-in-law shopped carefully for a cookbook that was one of my early Christmas gifts. I became a reasonably good

, which in turn was the result of their unfamili- arity with French manners and discipline. The matter was laid to rest, especially äs their homesickness did not erode their fighting zeal and constant vigilance.30) Similar reports of homesickness continued to 28) Ibid., September 15, 1865; DW, Abhäth 148, VÜgypte, June 6, 1867. 29) MG G7* 224, comments. 30) MG G7* 124, Vol. 8, Affaires Militaires, April 23, 1864, April 26, 1864. An Egyptian Battalion in Mexico (1863—1867) 81 fill French reports throughout their entire tour of duty, but the French finally became

a historical fact that the revocation caused soxne 25,000 Huguenots... to come to Brandenburg. Of their number 5,000 settled in Berlin alone, thus increasing the population of the city by one-third. This must have substantially enlarged the breach for the iufusion of French manners into Germany, but it begs the questions to assume that uvular r was in use among the Huguenots at this early date1 . Orie of the great authorities on the historical phonology of French, Albert Dauzat (1950: 95), says on this question, "Following the teaching of Paul Passy, I do not

the refinements and courtesies of the Italian gentlemen who lived in such cultivated places as Flor- ence or Venice. The Italian manuals of correct conduct, too, had a great influence on French manners of the sixteenth cen- tury, though the French gentleman was not quite like his model, the Italian gentiluomo: he may have lacked some of the elegances of his Italian counterpart, but he probably had a keener sense of honor. The Renaissance gentleman was different, also, from the feudal baron of an earlier era, a man of more power but less refinement; and he

.Jnbeftciene gaubiutt).bommua ttctlKo? J fa fine fpina.bSs teaitt).£téffa matutina.bR« tetû.®it> Ä go bei muiofata-bfte tecutt). ftitgo innuptaAommus te» E [ aitt).î>itgo bei mirati teaL ÏBitço incojjupta 1 büs teaitt).^ttgo beo gtata.btie tedi. 59 ago ante patta1 I bite tecutfl.5>ttgo it) patta.bominue team). ïiitgo pa fr S pattutt)̂ >ommu0 tecutt).j^pfenbo; meptmgutfìif te .bile ANOTHER P A G E FROM THE PIOOUCHET-VOSTRE B O O K OF H O U R S 38 PRINTS AND BOOKS affords for investigation and speculation concerning old French manners and traits, both social and

that it is because this arrangement testifies that the inferiors go to find the great- est, and seek him, not he them. (c) Not only every country, but every city and every pro- fession has its special code of manners. I was trained care- fully enough in my childhood, and have lived in sufficiently good society, not to be ignorant of the laws of our French manners; and I might teach them. I like to follow them, but not so slavishly that my life is constrained by them. 1 Si on l'en traine jusques en sa laniere. ' Clement VII. The same interview was referred to