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    Smile one-house hamlets

    Hello. Would you please explain the underlined part?
    Does one-house hemlet mean "a small village consisted of only one family"?
    Thank you.

    ----from Le Road Trip by Vivian Swift
    All morning there had been a light rain as our bus slowly made its way down narrow back road to Saint-Malo,
    picking up house wives in one-house hamletsfor their shopping trips into town.
    An elderly femme de charge sits with us, delighted to be our tour guide.
    She tells us that the cauliflower of Brittany is just as merveilleux as its world-famous oysters.
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    Re: one-house hamlets

    A hamlet is a very small village. A one-house hamlet contains just one house. There might not be a whole family living in it - there could be just one person living there. The only thing we know for certain from the piece is that there is a housewife in each hamlet. You might think that the term can only refer to a married lady but that's not necessarily the case. A woman who lives alone and has no job might also be referred to as a housewife.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: one-house hamlets

    http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/one-horse+town

    I've never heard of a "one-house hamlet," but we do have the "one horse town."

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    Re: one-house hamlets

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The only thing we know for certain from the piece is that there is a housewife in each hamlet.
    ... in those hamlets at which the bus stops. But they may even be stopping for the occasional single male.

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    Re: one-house hamlets

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/one-horse+town

    I've never heard of a "one-house hamlet,". . .
    I haven't either. That's not a hamlet. It's a house!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: one-house hamlets

    There is a certain amount of defiance of logic to the idea that a "village" can be one house.

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