Grisette

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A young woman carries a package while looking sideways at the viewer
Grisette.

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St. Michael's College Library, the Internet Archive

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A young woman carries a package—she is probably on her way to deliver an order from a dressmaker—while looking sideways at the viewer.

Grisette is defined as follows by Émile Littré in Dictionnaire de la langue française: Young woman who has a trade, such as dressmaker, embroiderer, etc., and who readily allows young men to court her.
(For the definition of lorette and a little more information on respectability rankings in nineteenth-century French society, see this footnote to our article on Paul Gavarni.)

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