smelling-bottle love



from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small portable bottle or flask, usually of fanciful form or decorated, for containing smelling-salts, or for containing an agreeable perfume.


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  • Madame de Sourdis, when informed of his death, demanded her smelling-bottle, and forgot to weep, through sniffling at her salts.

    Les Miserables

  • She had almost taken it out to bring the queen to life again, when she put it back, and looked for the smelling-bottle.

    A Holiday Romance

  • If I will believe Boots when he gives me his word and honour upon it, the lady had got a parasol, a smelling-bottle, a round and a half of cold buttered toast, eight peppermint drops, and a hair - brush, — seemingly

    The Holly-Tree

  • Her house, enriched by gallant tributes, displayed the exaggerated magnificence of women who, caring little about the cost of things, care only for the things themselves, and give them the value of their own caprices, — women who will break a fan or a smelling-bottle fit for queens in a moment of passion, and scream with rage if a servant breaks a ten-franc saucer from which their poodle drinks.

    A Daughter of Eve

  • We came to the tent, and there we found my poor Jemimarann fainting; her mamma holding a smelling-bottle; the Baron, on the ground, holding a handkerchief to his bleeding nose; and Orlando squaring at him, and calling on him to fight if he dared.

    Cox's Diary

  • But after a scene in which one person was in earnest and the other a perfect performer — after the tenderest caresses, the most pathetic tears, the smelling-bottle, and some of the very best feelings of the heart, had been called into requisition — Rebecca and Amelia parted, the former vowing to love her friend for ever and ever and ever.

    Vanity Fair

  • Nan, holding a smelling-bottle to my nose, and no Mrs. Jewkes.


  • She took her smelling-bottle, and would have given it me: but I said, Keep it in your hand; may be I shall want it: but I hope not.


  • Mrs. Jervis gave me her smelling-bottle, and had cut my laces, and set me in a great chair, and he called her to him: How is the girl? said he: I never saw such a fool in my life.


  • Hungary water, and held a smelling-bottle to his nose.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker


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