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    delicately tardive

    Quoted from Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen:

    "Some days after, I myself had the honour to meet her amongst the boys’ huts, much on the alert and not to be trifled with, with a very small fawn at her heels, as delicately tardive in his movements as Lulu herself had been when we first knew her."

    Lulu is a Gazelle. I have checked meaning of tardive but still could not really figure out what sentence said. Does it mean "the fawn is moving slowly and delicately as its mother used to"?
    Please teachers, help me out on this word.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: delicately tardive

    I guess that the fawn was as unsure in its movements as Lulu had been at that age.

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