The Lost PaintingBy Jonathan Harr Not all of us have lost paintings by Caravaggio in our parlour.
They have the air of ornaments on a cottager's parlour mantelpiece.'
Would not your ladyship step into my parlour, and have a little drop of something?
But to-day, when he walked into our parlour, he was in anything but a good temper.
He tore the note into tiny pieces, stepped into the parlour and threw them into the grate.
She cautiously entered the parlour on the left hand of the front door: all was safe.
In the parlour or in the courtyard the other mothers pointed her out to each other.
Having accomplished this little matter, and relieved her feelings, she returned to the parlour.
I have seen the volumes there on the table in the parlour when I have been with him.
As she opened the door of the parlour, Mrs. Costello half rose from the sofa, where she was lying.
c.1200, parlur, "window through which confessions were made," also "apartment in a monastery for conversations with outside persons;" from Old French parleor "courtroom, judgment hall, auditorium" (12c., Modern French parloir), from parler "to speak" (see parley (n.)).
Sense of "sitting room for private conversation" is late 14c.; that of "show room for a business" (e.g. ice cream parlor) first recorded 1884. As an adjective, "advocating radical views from a position of comfort," 1910.