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    #1

    "joint"

    Hello, teachers.
    I came across the following passage in a novel about which I have two questions.

    "Inquire at the Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary," Doan advised.
    "At what?" Captain Perona asked blankly.
    "I didn't believe there could be such a joint, either, but there is, and she teaches in it."

    (1) What does "joint" mean? I checked the dictionary but could not find a definition that seemed proper in this context. Doan has a humorous way of speaking, and I, as a non-English speaker, have to think twice before I decide what he means...
    (2) From the fact that Doan says "I didn't believe there could be such a joint", "Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary" seems to be an odd name for a school. In what way is this odd?
    I appreciate any suggestions from you. Thank you in advance!!


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    Re: "joint"

    "joint" in this context is the slang for a (generally disreputable) place of entertainment. It is being used to mean simply "place".

    Its use here is slangy and humorous.

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    #3

    Re: "joint"

    Thank you, Anglika, for your quick response.
    I think I now understand this part.

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