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    Default implement=clothes?

    Dear Teachers,

    Again read this from Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire. They were talking about Cesare Borgia, saying that he was young, handsome but cruel.

    "I like a man who wears his implement so prominently," said one of the maids. "It makes my work easier." She rubbed her bosom as if polishing a knob of furniture.

    Is "implement" clothes?
    I don't understand why wearing one's implement prominently would make a maid's work easier. And what all this has to do with the maid's behavior of rubbing her bosom... This passage seems jumping from one subject to another and I'm all confused.

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    Default Re: implement=clothes?

    The maid is making a (thinly) veiled reference to sex, which is why she rubs her bosom while she's thinking of it. Although the work of a maid is normally cleaning and other household duties, unofficially some maids also had another "job" -- keeping the master happy. "Implement" is another word for "tool", and I think (but I haven't read the book so I'm not sure) that this man's "tool" would be the "tool" he uses for sex -- his penis. (Am I allowed to say that in here?)

    Judging by the way the maid speaks, it seems she rather enjoys this extra "work".

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    Default Re: implement=clothes?

    Err...Sorry if I've asked an impolite question.
    And thanks for your reply.

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