Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Penates” in chapter 13 of George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor:

...place. . . . . All, however, is not on the bright side. . . . Almost everybody who comes to these salons comes to say a few brilliant things, get a reputation for esprit,—the god who serves for Penates in French houses,—and then hasten away to another coterie to produce the same effect. This is certainly the general tone of these societies; it is brilliant, graceful, superficial, and hollow...
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