bidet, writing in 1759, foreshadows the misery which marked the last thirty years of the ancien rgime.
So La Fleur got off him, and giving him a good sound lash, the bidet took me at my word, and away he scampered back to Montriul.
1620s, "small horse," from French bidet (16c.), of unknown etymology. Originally in French "a small horse, a pony," thus "a vessel on a low narrow stand, which can be bestridden for bathing purposes," a sense attested in English from 1766.