Cute Little Couple

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Cute little couple

Say, what a cute little couple! they go back home at daybreak, and peacefully so. The perfect match!... they'll knock down their cheap shot of brandy, sleep until noon, and there you go! that'll do for the week...

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This illustration was taken from the series “Les débardeurs,” which offers various depictions of characters inspired by the crowd which could be met at the popular dances and carnival parties of Paris in the first half of the nineteenth century.
The caption reads in the original French:

Un amour de petit ménage quoi ! ça se retire à la pointe du jour, bien paisibles ! bien unis !… ça va se mettre sous le nez son pauvre polichinelle de quatre sous, dormir jusqu’à midi, et puis bonjour ! en voilà pour la semaine…

The Littré dictionary tells us that, among other things, the word polichinelle used to refer to a canon d’eau-de-vie, i.e. a shot of brandy.

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