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    silver speech

    The people were unreal, the models lounging on the steps of the Piazza di Spagna, the ragged urchins, quaintly costumed and importunate, the silver speech that caressed the air.

    From Mrs. Craddock (set in the late 19th century) by W Somerset Maugham

    What does the underlined part mean?

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    Re: silver speech

    It's not a complete sentence. Silver speech could refer to the sound of Italian to a British ear, to the nature of what was being said — flattering, insincere words are sometimes described as "silvery" — or to something else. There isn't enough context to know.
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