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Subject: Can anyone suggest a reshearch reference for old French sayings?
Date Posted: 7/27/2012 8:09 PM ET
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I'm helping my MIL do research a story. It is set in the United States durring the 1850's. Her main character is a young woman of means who has recently reurned home from spending several years in France. Having just spent several years speaking French she should ocassionally lapse into French durring conversation. 

I'm trying to figure out what types of things they would have said durring the time period. Is anyone familiar with France durring the latter part of the 1800's? Could anyone suggest a book or a website?