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billet-doux

A love letter. John was so enamored with the new girl in his class that he wrote a billet-doux and slipped it into her locker after school.
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A flutter of billets-doux From one dark heart to the next.
That "fondly" and "merry x-mas love" sealed the correspondence only underscores Byars's intention to undermine the formalities of professional protocol, these objects insinuating themselves like billets-doux or valentines.
Franks observes that even the act of letter writing shown in so many of the artist's pictures represented an aspiration: the greater part of the population were illiterate and in any case did not have time for such leisure activities as composing billets-doux. Likewise musical instruments such as the virginal, which features in the work of Metsu and Vermeer, would have cost approximately one-third of the average middle-class person's annual income.
In "The 'Eternal' Feminine" is devotee Juliette Drouet Victor Hugos inamorata; even though this actress was betrayed many times by him she wrote more than one thousand billets-doux to Hugo.
In 2005 a treasure-trove of manuscripts was discovered in a farmhouse attic: diaries, memoirs, letters, locked diaries, billets-doux from Flaubert and scraps from Henry James.
The USPS does print some pretty stamps, but its first-class rates wouldn't last five minutes if Congress were to permit UPS, FedEx, or anyone else to deliver birthday cards and billets-doux. Once upon a time, the post office helped bind the nation together.
Literally translated as 'sweet notes', the plural is billets-doux. Example: 'When Samantha has quite finished penning billets-doux to Rory, perhaps she'd like to give us an example of onomatopoeia from the poem the rest of the class have been studying,' suggested Mrs Blenkinsop, archly.
There are some private photos and even formal oil portraits, but few billets-doux or diary entries, so the texture of past gay love lives remains unknown.
These days posh totty/bit of rough liaisons have an infinitely less dangerous edge and, with the complex etiquette of communication between the sexes distilled into something along the lines of "my mate fancies your mate," there is no longer any need to dupe gullible schoolboys into ferrying billets-doux from one to the other.
Most cameos are British and register as billets-doux to the author's friends.