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    sad dignity


    A woman is looking at a girl who put on a costume.

    She thinks to herself: Ethel was transformed into beauty and a kind of sad dignity.

    I'm not sure how to understand "sad dignity" here? I know what dignity is, but with the word "sad" it sounds strange to me.

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    Re: sad dignity

    Is Ethel the girl?

    If so, there seem to be a couple of typos. She was transformed into 'a beauty' (that is, a beautiful person). (It's possible, though much less likely, that she turned into a metaphorical reprentation of the abstract idea of beauty.)

    There seems to be a typo in the last words too. Someone who has 'a kind of sad dignity' is dignified but either is sad at the same time, or makes the viewer sad.


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