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    Eway is offline Senior Member
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    Default a French capital?

    Dear Teachers,

    I read this from True Pleasures by Lucinda Holdforth:

    "German women rarely show the quick spirit which makes conversation live and ideas move. This kind of pleasure can only be found in the wittiest, most piquant Parisian society. You need the elite of a French capital for such rare entertainment."

    What does "quick" mean in this context?
    And, since it is "a French capital" instead of "the French capital", I suppose this does not refer to Paris. Then what does "the elite of a French capital" mean?

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    Default Re: a French capital?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eway View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    I read this from True Pleasures by Lucinda Holdforth:

    "German women rarely show the quick spirit which makes conversation live and ideas move. This kind of pleasure can only be found in the wittiest, most piquant Parisian society. You need the elite of a French capital for such rare entertainment."

    What does "quick" mean in this context?
    And, since it is "a French capital" instead of "the French capital", I suppose this does not refer to Paris. Then what does "the elite of a French capital" mean?

    "quick" in this context is "lively".

    It does mean Paris, but the author is using Paris as the theoretical epitome of a particular form of society, and one that is characteristically French.

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