Papier poudre is a handy cosmetic developed at the beginning of the 20th century: sheets of powdered paper which can be carried in a handbag and discreetly applied to take the shine off one's face.
When we have laugh'd to see the sails conceive
And grow big-bellied with the wanton wind
Act II, Scene 1
Queen Victoria (1819-1901) is Britain’s longest serving monarch to date. She ruled from 1837 until her death.
There is no evidence that she gave the above advice to her daughter on her wedding night (Victoria is believed to have been an enthusiastic sexual partner: she loved Prince Albert and they had nine children in all) but it has since become standard colloquial (and more often than not, tongue-in-cheek) advice from one woman to another stuck in an unfulfilling sexual relationship or marriage.
This chilling passage recalls the Nazi eugenics programme, which led to the murder of thousands of disabled Germans through compulsory 'euthanasia'. Many others were forcibly sterilized. The ‘imperfect’ were not wanted in the master race.
Agent Orange is a herbicide, infamously used by the Americans in the Vietnam War to destroy the agriculture and forest cover of the Viet Cong. It was later found to have been contaminated with a dioxin, TCDD, that caused very serious long-term health problems and birth defects.
It can cause skin diseases, mental illness, cancers, cleft palate and hernias. Birth defects in Vietnam resulting from parental exposure included spina bifida and extra fingers and toes.