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Which saying or proverb is Stendhal referring to in this passage from "Le rouge et le noir"?

In an annotated 2013 edition of Le Rouge et le Noir published by GF Flammarion, Marie Parmentier writes: On ne sait pas à quel dicton Stendhal fait allusion, et l'on peut supposer qu'il invente cette ...
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Which saying or proverb is Stendhal referring to in this passage from "Le rouge et le noir"?

Le Rouge et le noir, edited by Pierre-Georges Castex (Classiques Garnier, 2012) has a note explaining that the expression is "Fi donc!", the same expression Madame de Rênal seemed to have ...
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What does the expression "Mignon country" refer to in Elsschot's "Cheese"?

In the English translation by Sander Berg (Alma Books, 2017), the corresponding passage reads as follows: First they talked about Italy, where I've never been, and we traversed the entire length of ...
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Does "Two legs good, two legs bad" from "Smiley's People" allude to George Orwell's "Animal Farm"?

Almost certainly. "Four legs good, two legs bad" is an extremely well-known phrase, especially in Britain and in Smiley's generation.
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