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    had been the site of a dimple

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    A woman and a man were talking to each other.

    She smiled at him, and he noticed that when she smiled,
    a delightful little crease, shaped like a half moon, appeared
    in her upper lip, and there was a tightening in each cheek
    which, once upon a time, had been the site of a dimple
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    I understand that when she smiled her cheeks tightened. Does the phrase "once upon a time had been the site of a dimple" mean that in the past she was very thin and had dimples in her cheeks? Or maybe before she smiled she had dimples in her cheeks and when she smiled they disappeared and the cheeks became tightened?

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    Re: had been the site of a dimple

    I also find the text rather confusing, since dimples are formed when you smile, usually one on each cheek. So I don't think she had them before doing so. However, "once upon a time" cannot be reffering to before she smiled. So may it be that she had put on enough weight that the dimples no longer formed?

    Waiting for a wise disambiguation,

    M.

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    Re: had been the site of a dimple

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    A woman and a man were talking to each other.

    She smiled at him, and he noticed that when she smiled,
    a delightful little crease, shaped like a half moon, appeared
    in her upper lip, and there was a tightening in each cheek
    which, once upon a time, had been the site of a dimple.

    I understand that when she smiled her cheeks tightened. Does the phrase "once upon a time had been the site of a dimple" mean that in the past she was very thin and had dimples in her cheeks? Or maybe before she smiled she had dimples in her cheeks and when she smiled they disappeared and the cheeks became tightened?

    Thanks
    This is just a guess, but I think this is a woman past her prime. When she was a young girl, she had a cute dimple when she smiled; now it's just a "tighterning in each cheek" - a phrase crafted to suggest the loss of her youthful cuteness.
    Or maybe she's had plastic surgery.
    (At least some people find dimples cute: I do. No one finds "tightening of the cheeks" cute.)

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    Re: had been the site of a dimple

    You are absolutely right Raymott. Reading it again I now see that the refference is to a woman past her prime. The "once uipon a time" makes that quite clear.

    I love dimples too.

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    M.

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