Casanova or the Ambulant Bordello


From 1734 till 1797 Casanova had covered over 67000 km in his carriage, visiting most of the European countries. He was exiled from some, imprisoned in the others, staying nowhere for more than a year. And it is perhaps for this reason that so many of his sexual adventures take place on the road. A sex adventure in a moving vehicle is not at all uncommon in the XVIII century. Philiber Joseph Leroutx 1786 Dictionary informs us that a slang expressions for fiacre, the carriage for hire, was precisely the ambulant bordello. The Dictionary explains that when on the move most of those vehicles made enough noise to cover whatever ruckus activity was taking place on the inside. Later on the expression has attached itself to a promiscuous person, as much a prostitutes as her clientele.

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