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    Smile one's medieval gravitas reflecting off the other's Enlightment tracery

    Hello. Would you please tell me the underlined part in the context below?
    Is 'one' the Pont Neuf, and 'the other' the Pont des Arts?
    Also, I don't quite follow what "reflect off" means here.
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    -------from Le Road Trip by Vivian Swift
    The Pont Neuf, built like a fortress across the tip on the Ile de la Cite in 1607, is the oldest bridge in Paris.
    The Pont des Arts has a graceful lacework wrought iron passerelle design from 1804.
    They face one another on the river, each a span between the intellectualism of the 6eme Arrondissement and the grandeur of the 1ere,
    one's medieval gravitas reflecting off the other's Enlightenment tracery.
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    Re: one's medieval gravitas reflecting off the other's Enlightment tracery

    Say:

    Would you please explain the underlined part?

    Do you know what gravitas is?

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    Re: one's medieval gravitas reflecting off the other's Enlightment tracery

    You've understood one and the other correctly. Reflecting off is used metaphorically to suggest how the architectural style of each bridge affects one's perception of the other.
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    Re: one's medieval gravitas reflecting off the other's Enlightment tracery

    Thank you. I understand "gravitas" means "seriousness, solemnity, or importance." (by Freedictionary.com)
    I also understand "The Pont Neuf has meadieval gravitas, and the Pont des Arts has Enlightenment tracery."
    However, I'm still confused about the underlined part correctly.
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    Re: one's medieval gravitas reflecting off the other's Enlightment tracery

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle2 View Post
    Thank you. I understand "gravitas" means "seriousness, solemnity, or importance." (by Freedictionary.com)
    I also understand The Pont Neuf has meadieval gravitas, and the Pont des Arts has Enlightenment tracery."
    Am I right?
    Yes, according to the author.
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