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    Recalling the splendid harlots of history

    Hello,

    Can anybody explain to me what exactly the bold text is about? Does it mean Xéluca reminded him of the splendid harlots of history, or she remembered the splendid harlots of history? To me, a Czech guy, the sentence seems very ambiguous ...

    "But in God's name, Mérimée!" (so he wrote), "to think of Xélucha dead! Xélucha! Can a moon-beam, then, perish of suppurations? Can the rainbow be eaten by worms? Ha! ha! ha! laugh with me, my friend: 'elle dérangera l'Enfer'! She will introduce the pas de tarantule into Tophet! Xélucha, the feminine Xélucha recalling the splendid harlots of history! Weep with me--manat rara meas lacrima per genas! expert as Thargelia; cultured as Aspatia; purple as Semiramis. She comprehended the human tabernacle, my friend, its secret springs and tempers, more intimately than any savant of Salamanca who breathes. Tarare--but Xélucha is not dead!

    M.P.Shiel, Xéluca, 1895

    Thank you very much.
    Last edited by Johnyxxx; 04-Jun-2016 at 16:54.
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    Re: Recalling the splendid harlots of history

    Wow.

    Your first choice is right. She reminded him.

    It's ambiguous to this American guy, too!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Recalling the splendid harlots of history

    There is no bold text, apart from in your question, but I know what you meant.

    It's 'reminded' not 'remembered'.

    'Recalling' could be replaced by 'bringing to mind'.
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    Re: Recalling the splendid harlots of history

    You are right, Roman55, I forgot about it. Now it should be OK.
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