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    She’s fishing

    Hi, is she fishing for compliments?
    “Yes, I also . . . But she’s got two bad faults. I think you will not have notice them yet?” As I didn’t rise to this, she added solemnly: “You know I wish you would tell me truthfully what are my faults?” In another mood, I would have found this amusing, and even rather touching. As it was, I only thought: “She’s fishing...” (The Landauers, Christopher Isherwood)

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    Re: She’s fishing

    Yes, that's the expression. (Fishing for compliments.)

    Is that quote word for word?
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    Re: She’s fishing

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Yes, that's the expression. (Fishing for compliments.)

    Is that quote word for word?
    Isherwood wrote the books that became the play and, later, the movie Cabaret. This dialog may have been for a character who wasn't a native English speaker.

    I have a soft spot for this author because he lived in the Los Angeles neighborhood where I lived during my high school years. I never knew him, though.
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    Re: She’s fishing

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Yes, that's the expression. (Fishing for compliments.)

    Is that quote word for word?
    Yes, it is. The girl is a German.

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    Re: She’s fishing

    Quote Originally Posted by meliss View Post
    Yes, it is. The girl is a German.
    That might explain the English. (It's a bit off.)
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