Perfume As the First Aid


This portable perfume box would fit into your hand. It has three sampler size containers and is designed for a woman. How do I know that? That is easy, the wider shorter container is complete with a tiny sponge. The perfumed sponge was to be placed inside the lady’s corset directly between her breasts.

Sometimes the corsets were pulled so tightly that a poor woman would have difficulty breathing, especially when a little excited; at which point the gentleman’s duty was to reach inside the corset, find the little sponge there and place it directly under the woman’s nose.

This method appears somewhat circular: when the sponge applies, the woman regains consciousness, the sponge is placed back, she gets excited, the man starts looking for the sponge, and so on; therefore, the only real way out of the situation was to take off the dress and the corset. Such was the first aid at the Chateau of Versailles.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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