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    avoidance of the proper name

    What/who[m?] does the New England avoidance of the proper
    name
    in this excerpt from Edith Wharton's novel Summer refer to?

    "No, I suppose not." He laid down the book he had been wiping, and stood
    considering her in silence. She wondered if Miss Hatchard had sent
    him round to pry into the way the library was looked after, and the
    suspicion increased her resentment. "I saw you going into her house just
    now, didn't I?" she asked, with the New England avoidance of the proper
    name
    . She was determined to find out why he was poking about among her
    books.



    I just can't see what she's is avoiding. Comments, please!


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    Re: avoidance of the proper name

    She's avoiding mentioning Miss Hatchard by name - as made clear in the following paragraph. It is implied that New Englanders are shy of being too outright in what they ask.

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    Re: avoidance of the proper name

    Thank you, Anglika.

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