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    Yet in appearance Brue was anything but obsolete

    "Yet in appearance Brue was anything but obsolete."

    Would you please explain what "obsolete" means above and which definition fits in the link for it?

    https://books.google.com.tr/books?id...ete%22&f=false by John Le Carre

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/de...on/us/obsolete

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    Re: Yet in appearance Brue was anything but obsolete

    The beginning of the preceding paragraph explains why the word "obsolete" was chosen there. It says "And Brue himself was a worthy descendant of this noble lineage, even if he was its last".
    He is the sole surviving member of his family line (or at least he's the last one who has followed the banking profession) so, once he dies, his family line (in the world of banking) will be dead/over/obsolete.
    For now, however, his appearance makes it clear that he is very much alive.
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    Re: Yet in appearance Brue was anything but obsolete

    htt21, why did you start a new thread instead of continuing the discussion in your other thread about "obsolete"?

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...-old-fashioned

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    Re: Yet in appearance Brue was anything but obsolete

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    htt21, why did you start a new thread instead of continuing the discussion in your other thread about "obsolete"?

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...-old-fashioned
    That was a comparison of them, but this was absolutely new. This is not a quote from that and this will probably become longer.

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    Re: Yet in appearance Brue was anything but obsolete

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    With that dictionary you are not going to get anything better than "out of date". It means he gets his suits from "Marks and Spencer" or "Giorgi Armani".
    But this is no help, too. What does Marks and Spencer or Giorgi Armani imply for obsolete?

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    Re: Yet in appearance Brue was anything but obsolete

    I am baffled by that too!
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    Re: Yet in appearance Brue was anything but obsolete

    I must say that when I read that sentence first (without clicking on the link to read the broader context), I parsed it the same way as RobertJ did; I also thought of clothes and outward appearance!

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    Re: Yet in appearance Brue was anything but obsolete

    Even I know Giorgio Armani even though I have never worn his line.

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    Re: Yet in appearance Brue was anything but obsolete

    Giorgio Armani made sense but including M&S (Marks and Spencer) certainly threw this Brit off the scent. M&S is a very old-fashioned store, struggling dismally to retain customers, let alone attract new ones. Their clothes are dowdy, frumpy, boring and I can't imagine anyone who considered themselves up-to-date or an impressive dresser shopping in there.
    M&S would have been a good example if Brue was, in appearance, obsolete.

    I imagine that snappy dressers in the banking world get their suits (in London) from Savile Row, Harrods, Harvey Nichols or Jermyn Street.
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