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    Could you help me to understand some phrases.
    This is "The companion" by Agatha Christie.
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    'As I looked at them I saw at once what my friend meant. They were two English ladies - the thoroughly nice travelling English that you do find abroad. Their ages, I should say, were round about forty. One was fair and a little - just a little - too plump; the other was dark and a little - again just a little - inclined to scragginess. They were what is called well-preserved, quietly and inconspicuously dressed in well-cut tweeds, and innocent of any kind of make-up. They had that air of quiet assurance which is the birthright of well-bred Englishwomen. There was nothing remarkable about either of them. They were like thousands of their sisters. They would doubtless see what they wished to see, assisted by Baedeker*, and be blind to everything else. They would use the English library and attend the English Church in any place they happened to be, and it was quite likely that one or both of them sketched a little. And as my friend said, nothing exciting or remarkable would ever happen to either of them, though they might quite likely travel half over the world. I looked from them back to our sinuous Spanish woman with her half-closed smouldering eyes and I smiled.'


    'Poor things,' said -Jane Helier with a sigh. 'But I do think it's so silly of people not to make the most of themselves. That woman in Bond Street - Valentine - is really wonderful. Audrey Denman goes to her; and have you seen her in "The Downward Step?" As the schoolgirl in the first act she's really marvellous. And yet Audrey is fifty if she's a day. As a matter of fact I happen to know she's really nearer sixty.'
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    I can't understand the second paragraph here. Namely I can't quess what "goes to" mean. I soppose it is an idiom.

    Michael

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMV View Post
    ... They would doubtless see what they wished to see, assisted by Baedeker*, and be blind to everything else. ...


    'Poor things,' said -Jane Helier with a sigh. 'But I do think it's so silly of people not to make the most of themselves. That woman in Bond Street - Valentine - is really wonderful. Audrey Denman goes to her; and have you seen her in "The Downward Step?" As the schoolgirl in the first act she's really marvellous. And yet Audrey is fifty if she's a day. As a matter of fact I happen to know she's really nearer sixty.'
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    I can't understand the second paragraph here. Namely I can't quess what "goes to" mean. I soppose it is an idiom.

    Michael
    *Baedeker was (is?) the name of a series of guide books - the Guides Bleues of Agatha Christie's era.

    'Goes to' is really literal, but in effect (and in that context) idiomatic. Audrey Denman does 'go to' Valentine in the simple sense of moving, but she does it regularly, and Valentine is a hair stylist or some kind of beautician. Also, 'make the most of themselves' implies an effort to be sexually attractive by some artificial means.

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    Thank you, now I understand. You helped me very much.

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    You're welcome - both to my help and to the forum!

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