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    Being explained to


    Can anybody tell me what the bold text means? (was she slow on the uptake?)

    ‘Like him, she was, but more of the parrot in appearance; a high face with a beaky nose. Quite a nice lady, too, except that she was mighty slow in being explained to. No interference, generally speaking; in spite of her nose. But don’t mistake me; we had to look alive when she was in the house. Oh, yes. But that, thank God, was seldom. And in the end it made no difference.

    Crewe, Walter de la Mare, 1936

    Thanks a lot.
    Not a Teacher

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    Re: Being explained to

    I think you guessed right: she's not very bright.
    I am not a teacher.

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