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    Would you please tell me the meaning of "impious outlines of the flesh" in the following?

    The metal contraption kept a woman’s skirt belled out so as not to touch legs and revel any impious outlines of the flesh.

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    Re: impious outlines of the flesh

    Presumably this is talking about the 19th century undergarment "crinoline". Mid- to late-19th century society had very strict moral standards, and women had to ensure that their bodies below the waist were not very visible.

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