I read these from True Pleasures by Lucinda Holdforth:
"But don't some people find them, you know, uptight and competitive?"
"Oh, they are," she said. "But you know," she added, in that low sinuous way of hers, "I'm a bit like that myself. I'm more of a man's woman."
What does "a man's woman" mean? That she's masculine like a man?
...Le Grand Vefour, one of the oldest and best restaurants in Paris. It seems the entire lunch sitting has arrived together. There's a gratifying whooshing and whirring as we are guided to our table...
I don't quite get the idea. What does it meany by "the entire lunch sitting has arrived together"?
...the hair tied up in a scarf á la crčole...
What does á la crčole mean?
Josephine's textbook femininity is outmoded these days: the modern woman is a substantive and explainable being, not an airy and elusive creature.
What is "textbook femininity"?
1. Perhaps feminine
2. all the lunch patrons/guests
3. in the creole style
4. pertaining to, characteristic of, or seemingly suitable for inclusion in a textbook; typical; classic: a textbook case; Being a characteristic example of its kind; typical;