Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Man Trap

Ah, spring! And thoughts turn lightly toward...
...well, yes, that, too.

A print from 1788 (found at the Lewis Walpole library) depicting a delightful marqee tent with lovely furnishings. And a sofa, too.

I won't get too annoying, but had to point out one telling detail--the sword and gorget hanging behind the woman's hat are the trappings of an officer, indicating just what sort of man has been ensnared. The lady in question is wearing what would be a conservative riding habit (she even has her crop in hand...wonder whyever she would still be carrying that, hmmm) but has it unbuttoned and without shift or shirt covering decolletage in the most provocative fashion.

And another phrase I had not realized dated from the eighteenth century--Man Trap!

6 comments:

Tilia said...
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Tilia said...

LOL This is funny. :P

Lua said...

haha I love this!
Thanks for putting a smile on our faces :)

Kathleen Wall said...

Very funny! And thank you for your historical intrepetations, which make it all the more amusing.

Connie said...

I love finding out where words and phrases came from too. When I was in college, I used to go to the library and read through volumes of the OED for fun.

Rowenna said...

Glad you all enjoyed this :)