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.'
As soon as I was tolerably composed I returned to the parlour.
But to-day, when he walked into our parlour, he was in anything but a good temper.
He stood still in the middle of the parlour, and looked into the kitchen in silence.
She cautiously entered the parlour on the left hand of the front door: all was safe.
But once enticed into the parlour he did not reject the food set before him.
Having accomplished this little matter, and relieved her feelings, she returned to the parlour.
This done, she went into the parlour on her way to the kitchen.
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.
(from the Fr. parler, "to speak") denotes an "audience chamber," but that is not the import of the Hebrew word so rendered. It corresponds to what the Turks call a kiosk, as in Judg. 3:20 (the "summer parlour"), or as in the margin of the Revised Version ("the upper chamber of cooling"), a small room built on the roof of the house, with open windows to catch the breeze, and having a door communicating with the outside by which persons seeking an audience may be admitted. While Eglon was resting in such a parlour, Ehud, under pretence of having a message from God to him, was admitted into his presence, and murderously plunged his dagger into his body (21, 22). The "inner parlours" in 1 Chr. 28:11 were the small rooms or chambers which Solomon built all round two sides and one end of the temple (1 Kings 6:5), "side chambers;" or they may have been, as some think, the porch and the holy place. In 1 Sam. 9:22 the Revised Version reads "guest chamber," a chamber at the high place specially used for sacrificial feasts.