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What does it mean to have teeth in the English style?

A Google search for the term reveals that it means the same thing as "buck teeth", large front teeth. In French, buck teeth are called dents à l'anglaise, literally "English teeth." Also here: ...
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What is the nature of the relationship between Madeleine and the Comte de Vaudrec in Bel-Ami?

The comte de Vaudrec is mentioned roughly a dozen times in the novel. He appears for the first time in Chapter 3 of Part I: George Duroy is making a visit to Mrs Madeleine Forestier when Vaudrec ...
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Is Lambert-Sarrazin's moustache speech in Bel-Ami an allusion to a real speech?

Apparently, the speech by the Comte de Lambert-Sarrazin was inspired by a real speech. The English translation of the novel by Margaret Mauldon (Oxford University Press, 2008) has an endnote pointing ...
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In Maupassant's Bel-Ami, why would it be compromising for a magistrate to have been in (the) mixed committees?

The mixed commissions were kangaroo courts set up by the régime of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte after the coup of 1851 to punish suspected Republican sympathisers. The name “mixed” refers to their being ...
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What is the difference between souteneur and proxénète in Maupassant's Bel-Ami?

The famous Littré dictionary (four volumes, 1880s) provides the following definition of souteneur: 2 Particulièrement, celui qui se fait le champion d'une maison de jeu ou de quelque mauvais lieu. ...
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What is the difference between souteneur and proxénète in Maupassant's Bel-Ami?

According to the Wiktionnaire: Le souteneur Celui qui, vivant du gain d’une prostituée, prétend assurer, en retour, sa protection. Le proxénète Personne qui tire profit de la prostitution d’...
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