un mendiant
le trajet

une toile

Canvasing St. Tropez
                                                  The port in St. Tropez

                  The next word goes out on Tuesday--à bientôt.

la toile
(twal) noun, feminine
  1. cloth, canvas
  2. web
  3. 'les toiles' = sails (boat, windmill)

une toile d'araignée = a spider's web, cobweb
la Toile = the Web (internet)
la toile de lin/de coton = linen/cotton cloth
la toile de fond = backdrop, backcloth
derrière la toile = behind the curtain

se faire une toile* = to go and see a film
se mettre dans les toiles* = to hit the hay (to go to bed)

*the first expression comes from the term 'une toile d'un écran' (screen); toile also means "piece of cloth" or--in the second expression--"sheet" ("to hit the sheets")

Citation du Jour
Le temps, c'est la toile dont je suis à la fois l'araignée et la mouche.
Time, it is the web in which I am at once the spider and the fly.
                       --Jacques Lesourne

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