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Maureen Pierce



Joined: 14 Nov 2006
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Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada

PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:09 pm    Post subject: Monsieurs? Reply with quote

Hi, folks, I have a question. I'm reading a book (in English) for review; it is set in 17th Century France. I have enough French to puzzle out magazine articles or converse on simple subjects, but I am nowhere near fluent. So I am not sure whether some things that seem odd to me in this story are *wrong* or just different, or possibly archaic. The book has a number of errors in English in it, so I'm inclined to think the French oddities are errors, too, but I can't be sure.

First oddity - the author consistently constructs the plural of "Monsieur" as "Monsieurs". Can this ever be, or have been, correct - rather than "Messieurs", which is what I was taught? Remembering, once again, that this is supposed to be 17th century France.

One character's name is spelled "Ettiene" - ever happen?

A high-living young man is referred to as a "bien vivant" - eh? Again, I know the usual term is "bon vivant", but is this something else, or just wrong?

All these things jumped out at me as I was reading, but I don't want to remark on them in my review if it's only my ignorance and not the author's <smile>.

Thanks!
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