Tuesday, February 9, 2010

How Do You Scare A New Yorker On Halloween? Dress As A Republican. (or, A ?bête Noir? Party)

– from the 1912 edition of "Dame Curtsey's book of party pastimes for the up-to-date hostess," by Ellye Howell Glover: "Chapter X: Pastimes for October. For Allhallow Eve" Did you ever attend a Bête Noir party? Well, they are great fun. Of course, everyone knows that "bête noir" is the French for whatever a person detests or cordially hates. So all the guests appeared wearing what to them was their greatest horror. So, what would be an example of a "Bête Noir" costume? An unmarried girl of uncer...
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