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Jean-Eugène Buland, Flagrant Délit (1893)

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"Caught in the act"! I wonder if they are sitting outside an official's office, with the stern father holding firmly onto a marriage certificate. The young man looks dumbstruck, the woman . . . resigned? Thinking about her future?

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Bill_I_Am

Yes, I know the French expression. I think the boy could go either way.

Bluestockings

It's the French equivalent of "in flagrante delicto"—"caught in the act," usually used to mean caught having sexual relations (nowadays, at least; not sure about the 1890s). Sorry, I often make the mistake of assuming everyone thinks like me.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_flagrante_delicto

I think the boy looks stunned. Or maybe he's just not very bright. :-)

Bill_I_Am

I saw the title translated as "Flagrant Crime." Nobody's telling what the crime was, though. The boy doesn't look very worried to me.

Bluestockings

It's a metal oval with illegible writing around the edge and in the middle. No symbols or anything other than writing.

t53de70

yes

Bluestockings

My interpretation is that the couple were caught "in flagrante delicto." I thought the man was probably the girl's father. I haven't solved the puzzle yet—is he wearing a policeman's badge?

t53de70

I don't know what they could have been caught doing. young mans hands are filthy. she a serving girl......if the young man and policeman are at odds, why are they sitting so close together?

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