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    Default blood oranges and tenor lutes?

    Dear Teachers,
    I read this from Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maquire:
    "At home we sang to ourselves as we spoke, in that tone of Spanish that evokes blood oranges and tenor lutes."
    What does it mean by the tone that "evokes blood oranges and tenor lutes?"

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    Default Re: blood oranges and tenor lutes?

    It makes him think of those things, which he associates with Spain.

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    Default Re: blood oranges and tenor lutes?

    Thanks!
    And, does "sang in that tone of Spanish" simply mean that they sang in Spanish?

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    Default Re: blood oranges and tenor lutes?

    It could do or it could me that they spoke in a musical way- maybe a bit exaggerated and stylised.

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    Default Re: blood oranges and tenor lutes?

    What are blood oranges and tenor lutes to do with Spain?
    A lute makes me think of Chinese music instead...

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    Default Re: blood oranges and tenor lutes?

    Oranges can be associated with Spain- we have Seville oranges- as we don't grow them. Spanish music uses instruments like guitars, lutes, etc.

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