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    ethnic vibe and other questions

    Dear Teachers,

    I read these from True Pleasures by Lucinda Holdforth:

    1. The real Paris, modern Paris, with its clochards and dog poo and ethnic vibe and snobbery and local corruption...

    What does "ethnic vibe" mean?

    2. I did not feel too much part of modern Paris, which would not have suited my taste nor my resources, ...

    What does "suit my resources" mean?

    3. I ... gaze back across to Notre-Dame, the greatest dame of all. But her fixity, her grand monolithic bulk, doesn't enchant me. It's the flesh and blood women who fascinate: women in flux, in progress, in self-discovery, in the act of creation.

    "It's the flesh and blood women who fascinate" seems fragmental to me. And I don't get the idea...


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    Re: ethnic vibe and other questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Eway View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    I read these from True Pleasures by Lucinda Holdforth:

    1. The real Paris, modern Paris, with its clochards and dog poo and ethnic vibe and snobbery and local corruption...

    What does "ethnic vibe" mean? the "Frenchness" of Paris that makes it different from Berlin or London or Madrid.

    2. I did not feel too much part of modern Paris, which would not have suited my taste nor my resources, ...

    What does "suit my resources" mean? I can't afford it

    3. I ... gaze back across to Notre-Dame, the greatest dame of all. But her fixity, her grand monolithic bulk, doesn't enchant me. It's the flesh and blood women who fascinate: women in flux, in progress, in self-discovery, in the act of creation.

    "It's the flesh and blood women who fascinate" seems fragmental to me. And I don't get the idea... It is a stylistic fragmentation: "It's the flesh and blood women who fascinate [who are fascinating].
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