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    for that matter?

    Dear Teachers,

    I read this from p.219 in Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire:

    "The comb was a lovely Spanish piece that had belonged to some courtesan of her father's -- perhaps her own mother, for that matter. The rack of pins curved inward for better purchase."

    What does it mean by "for that matter?"
    What is "the rack of pins?"
    Last edited by KuaiLe; 01-Sep-2006 at 02:36.

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    Re: for that matter?

    1 It's a way of accepting that the first statement could be wrong, though the ownership isn't that important.
    2 The pins are the teeth of the comb.

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