This is fabulous, and I am now totally indebted to you. :) I never knew Balzac was a proponent of Dandyism; I have always associated Dandyism with Baudelaire. But this text will definitely afford me some new material (personally, and for teaching). Thanks so much for sharing!!!
Oh lord haven't laughed like this for a while. You are becoming very naughty. To think (like Robert Browning) I did not know the meaning of twat until well over 30. Guess I wasn't a proper little girl.
I'm 32 and I still have to look up "quim"!I remember the girl (Wendy) who explained the meaning of raising your middle finger. A true revelation! That was first grade, so we were about 6.
Perhaps it's because of translating erotic Apollinaire novellas; I seem to have encountered the most exotic synonyms...