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    gas-jet, impersonal, remote

    The stage of the Tivoli Palace of Music, Solio, London, April, 1895.
    The stage is dark save for a gas-jet forward left and an oil lamp on a table at the back right. Bare, dark dusty and cold.
    Lida, dressed in a white ballet dress, is practising steps and bending exercises. She is a beautiful, impersonal, remote, almost sullen girl of barely sixteen.

    Please explain the coloured one with respect to this context.

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    Re: gas-jet, impersonal, remote

    The stage is dark, except for one light (gas jet - this is in the late 1800s and there aren't electric lights yet) in the front left corner of the state and one light in the back right corner of the stage.

    A ballet dress is what a girl wears to perform ballet in.

    The girl appears cold and distant, not warm and welcoming.

    [not a teacher]

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    Re: gas-jet, impersonal, remote

    Say:
    the colored text
    Is it from a book?

    ~R


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    Re: gas-jet, impersonal, remote

    `Is it from a book'
    Yes.

    "It is `coloured' in British English"

    Is she a distant girl?

    What does this distant mean here?

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    Re: gas-jet, impersonal, remote

    It means she does not appear to welcome interaction with others. Or perhaps her thoughts are very far away. The other words in the description make the first defintion the better one.

    I would not say "A distant girl." I would say "The girl seems very distant."

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    #6

    Re: gas-jet, impersonal, remote

    Quote Originally Posted by viet_ghat View Post
    "It is `coloured' in British English"
    Yes. Being American, it is my habit to write colored.

    Quote Originally Posted by viet_ghat View Post
    Is she a distant girl?
    As Barb said, distant girl doesn't work.

    Quote Originally Posted by viet_ghat View Post
    What does this distant mean here?
    Cool, impersonal, not welcoming. Offputting. Not friendly.

    ~R


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    Re: gas-jet, impersonal, remote

    Here is a website with some ballet dresses. The shorter length is more usual, I think.

    [native speaker and writer, not a teacher. And definitely not a dancer.)

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