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 18th Century Topics of Polite Conversation 
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Post 18th Century Topics of Polite Conversation
I would find it very interesting to know more about which (non-venal) topics of discussion were favored in the salons. Of course, I am referring to things not of a political or scandalous nature. If we were to walk into an 18th century salon, what would we be invited to talk about? Popular writers, composers, philosophers, art, science, the harvest, the hunt, gaming? Perhaps this would give us some insight into the daily lives and mentalities of 'upstanding' and 'decent' aristocrats, which I would find very comforting as well as intriguing. Does anyone agree?

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Sat Aug 09, 2008 7:08 am
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We would talk about the poetry, scandalous book “Dangerous Liaisons”, about a new play in the theatre, about opera… We would also gossip about Comte de Provence’s new mistress (if we were in some private cycle), Elle’s new estate or my new marriage (fictional marriage). Men would talk about the hunting or their career. I don’t think you could avoid some scandalous or political topic. This is just a suggestion, I like this topic! :angel3:

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Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:27 pm
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I think that is exactly what we would talk about, don't forget to talk about fashion, hair, shoes and jewelery. :angel6: and dogs. art and porceialn.

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Wed Aug 13, 2008 6:59 pm
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Yes Elle, we would discuss fashion, talk about our queen, complain about the weather…
Some our friend would brag about arranging an excellent marriage for her daughter.
Monsieur Ray would call us to play cards…
If we were in the late 18th century, than definitely we would talk about the modern philosophy and financial crisis.

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Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:51 pm
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Thank you all for responding. Everything you said makes perfect sense to me. Incidentally, I love to play gin-rummy. Thanks again and have a Beautiful and Blessed Day!

Happily,
Ray

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Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:35 pm
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You’re welcome Ray.
Thank you!

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