Hello. Would you please tell me what the underlined part means in the context below?
Does it mean "Her countrymen(French people) disdain the way we Americans dress ourselves like Edmund White"?
(Does it mean Edmund White dresses himself as a typical American style? The writer says In America, the billionaire VIP could very well be wearing a T-shirt and shabby shoes.)
Wikipedia says Edmund White is a novelist and he lived in France from 1983 to 1990.)
--------from Le Road Trip by Vivian Swift
A Frenchwoman explained her countrymen's disdain of the way we Americans dress ourselves to Edmund White,
a former longtime expat in Paris:
"In Paris everyone is judging everyone, and the only people who have this American style insouciance are the insane."
A Frenchwoman explained something to Edmund White
She explained her countrymen's disdain of the way we Americans dress ourselves.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.