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Erotic ExchangesThe World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century Paris$
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Nina Kushner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451560

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451560.001.0001

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Male Experiences of Galanterie

Male Experiences of Galanterie

(p.163) Chapter 6 Male Experiences of Galanterie
Erotic Exchanges

Nina Kushner

Cornell University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the social practices of mistress keeping, which were defined by broad parameters. Most patrons visited their mistresses several times a week, though a sizeable minority visited more often, sometimes every day or even several times a day. Relationships in which a patron visited either more than once a day or less than several times a week rarely endured long. Regardless of how often they saw each other, the couple spent most of their time in the mistress's apartment and if they could afford it, in a petite maison. Most men shared meals with their mistresses during their visits, and just as in brothels, eating together was an important prelude to sexual activity.

Keywords:   mistress keeping, patrons, social practices, petite maison, mistresses

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