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French letter

slang A condom. Primarily heard in UK. I have a date tonight, so I need to make sure I have a French letter in my wallet.
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Brasillach, thoroughly corrupt, was no great loss to French letters. Sartre and De Gaulle were right to hold him responsible for his actions.
Indeed, if Sartre's politically engaged intellectual constitutes one tradition in French letters, Baudelaire's darker, more solitary poet works the other.
The recent publication of two excellent novels--Christophe Bataille's Absinthe and Pierre Michon's Masters and Servants (in superb translations by Richard Howard and Wyatt Alexander Mason, respectively)--attests to the fact that, despite this eclipse, contemporary French letters are alive and well.
(He has since established himself solidly in French letters, a period not covered here--as a critic at Le Nouvel Observateur; a onetime member of the publisher Gallimard's comite de lecture, which helps select volumes for publication; and as literary correspondent for Le Monde.
Biographer, novelist, essayist, children's writer, and prominent personality in French letters for 50 years.
The jacket notes give Bove credit for "introducing the Kafkaesque into French letters" and in doing so, "anticipating Sartre and Camus by fifteen or twenty years" because he wrote about "the nondescript personage lost in the anonymous urban crowd." Actually Bove's work is far less abstract than Kafka's; he's much more interested in focusing on the mundane details of contemporary living, in presenting a description of his life and times.
The promise to marry, the basic premise of Don Juan's seductions is either completely missing from the French letters, or occurs only at the very end of the correspondence; in the Spanish letters, the promise initiates correspondence.
Louis XIV opposed the movement, whose influence was felt at court, in society, and in French letters (see Port - Royal ), and the Jansenists were finally put down by Pope Clement XI in his bull Unigenitus (1713).
French Letters In The Sand, Get It On, 99 Red Balloons (Ronnie Munro).
In 1879 he published the novel Aziyade anonymously and began one of the more remarkable public lives in French letters. Viand, in a sense, everted himself on the public stage, all the while reinventing, adjusting, and mythologizing what came from within.
In her fascinating literary biography, Bouchardeau seeks to assure Triolet her rightful place in the pantheon of French letters.
No longer an official supporter of what is most commendable in the social order, one who denounces and ritually expels the scapegoat, the poet himself becomes the exile, the anti-self of the society that has expelled him." (70-71); and finally, "Unlike his contemporaries Baudelaire, Rimbaud and Verlaine, Hugo has received little credit for preparing the religious revival in French letters during the first half of the twentieth century.
French windows are just the same, made of glass, nice and see-through; French letters are also remarkably similar, although they do have one which is like an o and an e fused together.
We make only two exceptions in our campaign: David Ginola is a nice bloke and you can still use French letters.