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I got a nice little message from a long time reader that apparently she'd been inspired to write about Fancy Pants and Fleur and Luna...
I'm not sure what to say. I'm flattered, and humbled.
I can't link it directly, but here's a text link you can choose to follow. Be forewarned though, it's NSFW. http://animalanimefan.deviantart.com/art/The-Splendours-of-the-Night-486747002?ga_submit_new=10%253A1412646600&ga_type=edit&ga_changes=1&ga_recent=1
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I think I upset a couple of people, judging by how Green earned a couple more downvotes when my only activity was a blog post. So to clarify: I do not feel that French is a pretentious language. I think it's rather beautiful. But then, I don't speak it, so to me, it sounds lovely. It also strikes me as the type of thing that an upper class pony might do in a social setting: speak a language she is certain the other pony doesn't speak, to insult them while smiling.
If I have insulted any french speakers in my naivety... I sincerely apologize.
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For those (like myself) who do not speak french and were confused by Fleur's utterances, a brief explanation.
I do not, as previous stated, speak french. I do however believe that somepony named Fleur De Lis should occasionally speak the language.
In context, we have this scene.
Rarity cleared her throat, prompting Fleur to look back in her direction. While Fluttershy had been talking, she’d been adding five more glasses from around the room, all carefully sipped from. “Ahem. Fleur, I’d like to introduce my marefriend.”
“Oh?” Fleur’s ears perked up. “I hadn’t noticed you brought anypony else. Where is she?”
Fluttershy squirmed uncomfortably.
Fleur looked back and forth between the two of them, flushing when she realized her faux pas. “C'est gênant! What you must think of me! I meant no offense, Rarity. Nor to you, Fluttershy.”
C'est gênant!: How embarrassing!
“You cherish the princess, mon amie?” Fleur De Lis’ eyes twinkled as she laughed merrily. “Perhaps she is close to you both?”
“Nothing so crass as that,” Rarity replied, flushing guiltily. After all, it wasn’t as if she’d never entertained the idea. “My friends and I are simply important to both sisters, though I admit we have had occasion to deepen the friendship of late.”
“Ah, forgive me. I misunderstood.” Fleur’s eyes flicked over to Luna, who was twirling around in her new dress. “Fancy and I have had that opportunity as well.”
Rarity, who had been in the middle of sipping at a sixth wine glass, nearly choked in shock. “I must be mishearing you—”
“Je resterai bouche cousue. I have said more than I should have and I will thank you if you will forget it,” Fleur said quickly. “Our younger princess does not need a scandal laid at her hooves.”
Je resterai bouche cousue: I won't say anymore.
Sorry for any confusion to native speakers and google translate users alike, but that's what I meant to have these phrases mean. I did pretty extensive searches for proper phrasing, but this is the risk you take when you try to utilize a language you don't speak yourself, sadly.
Oh, and for those who stayed to read through all of this, the next chapter will be posted promptly on the 1st. I am doing everything I can to keep to that steady schedule of once a month, and so far it's been working (since April it's been consistent.)
And for anyone whose eyes glazed and are somehow reading the end of this: TL:DR Steel does not speak French, and if you look up a little you'll see what I wanted Fleur to say.