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a desk used for writing

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Immanuel Tremellius' unpredictable career may be fairly described as "rocambolesque." Born around 1510 into the "tolerated" Jewish community of Ferrara, a relative oasis under the Este dukes, he ended up--metonymically speaking, in the form of his Latin translation of the Hebrew Bible, the Protestant answer to the Catholic Vulgate--on the London escritoires of poets Sir Philip Sidney, John Donne, and John Milton, and on the bookshelves of Mayflower Elders William Brewster and William Bradford in the far-flung Plymouth Colony.
From the early 1860s it was possible to buy such status goods on the "three-year system." (51) Theodore Hoppen observes: "The characteristic mid-Victorian liking for clutter required increasing expenditure on tables, chairs, sideboards, chiffoniers, escritoires, pianos, dumb waiters, (all covered with tasseled velvet cloths and runners), upon Staffordshire figurines, Doulton china, brass candlesticks, coal-scuttles, papier-mache models, vases, stuffed birds, wax fruit, and framed photographs.
They were small and portable, but only a few were made over here, called 'escritoires'.
Put some shelves above and he notes 'they are called Bureau Bookcase' and the name has settled since then, as before this period the bureau as we know it today could be named a scrutoire, escritoire, scriptor or secretary, according to the wishes of its owner.
It is clear that David's second ground was somewhat weakened by his first: It was precisely because the bergeres and fauteuils and elaborately worked ormolu fittings for escritoires and gaming tables imparted the wrong sort of moral teachings that David impugned them.
[26] In order to effect wri ting's consequent usurpation of the written text's prerogative, the tools of writing -- particularly those contained in the portable escritoire of the seventeenth century -- and their delimitation of public and private spaces assume a primary role.
He seizes the escritoire [65] near the entrance to the Temple, and aided by its writing tools and surface, cleverly substitutes key words in the document so that the discourse of inconstancy replaces the time-honored precepts regulating the practice of constant love by the courtly parfait amant.
The legacy of the symmetrical pairing of constancy and inconstancy in the romance's inaugural paradox and in Hylas's falsification of the Laws of Love is the escritoire, with its malleable surface and set of writing tools.