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    The meaning of "dumb romantic guinea"

    Hi everyone!

    I've just started to read "The Godfather" and faced with unclear phrase. This is a peace of the text in order to understand the context:

    Johnny Fontane got up. He hated the woman on the floor but her beauty was a magicshield. Margot rolled away, and in a dancer's spring was on her feet facing him. Shewent into a childish mocking dance and chanted, “Johnny never hurt me, Johnny neverhurt me.” Then almost sadly with grave beauty she said, “You poor silly bastard, givingme cramps like a kid. Ah, Johnny, you always will be a dumb romantic guinea, you evenmake love like a kid. You still think screwing is really like those dopey songs you used tosing."...

    What does "romantic guinea" mean? I understood it sounds offensive and with contempt.
    I do know a guinea can refer whether to the African country or coin. What about another meanings?

    Thank you in advance
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    Re: The meaning of "dumb romantic guinea"

    In the time in which the novel is set, Guinea was an offensive term in American English for an Italian-American. Romantic is an adjective which you can look up in a dictionary.
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    Re: The meaning of "dumb romantic guinea"

    Quote Originally Posted by Dmitry A. Kovalsiy View Post
    Hi everyone!

    I've just started to read "The Godfather" and faced with I've found a unclear phrase I don't understand. This is a peace piece of the text in order to understand the context:

    Johnny Fontane got up. He hated the woman on the floor but her beauty was a magic (space here) shield. Margot rolled away, and in a dancer's spring was on her feet facing him. She (space here) went into a childish mocking dance and chanted, “Johnny never hurt me, Johnny never (space here) hurt me.” Then almost sadly with grave beauty she said, “You poor silly bastard, giving (space here) me cramps like a kid. Ah, Johnny, you always will be a dumb romantic guinea, you even (space here) make love like a kid. You still think screwing is really like those dopey songs you used to (space here) sing."...

    What does "romantic guinea" mean? I understood it sounds offensive and with contempt.
    I do know a guinea can refer whether to the African country or coin. What about another meanings?

    Thank you in advance
    See above. When you copy and paste text, it can mess up the formatting. In your piece, several spaces were missing between words.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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