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    • Join Date: May 2007
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    #1

    archly

    I don't understand the exact meaning of:
    "archly"
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    from: Pride and Prejudice
    Elizabeth looked archly, and turned away.
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    Thanks,
    Mircea


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    #2

    Re: archly

    If you are "arch", then you are self-consciously playful or teasing. Elizabeth Bennet is consciously flirting in this passage.


    • Join Date: May 2007
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    #3

    Re: archly

    Can you say "provoking" instead "archly" or there is another better word vith the same meaning?
    Tanks,
    Mircea


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    #4

    Re: archly

    Taking into consideration the context and the character, "provoking" is too strong. "Mischievously", "playfully" and "roguish" all might do, but none has just the right sense of restraint and yet playfulness.

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