cocottes
prostitutes
French leave
leaving with announcement or permission
make love
court, flirt
parvenu
newly wealthy, arriviste
Patroon
17th century US landholder, particularly along the Hudson River
perspicacity
keeness of mental perception and understanding
philippic
a fiery speech of condemnation
Sancta simplicitas!
O, holy simplicity! (meant ironically: "how naive!")
un peu sauvage
a little wild
valetudinarian
a person of a weak or sickly constitution
vaticinations
predictions, prophecies
vicegerent
a ruler's official representative or deputy