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    Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary

    Hello, teachers.
    I have a question about the following dialog.

    "You won't laugh or make fun?"
    "I promise."
    "I'm a schoolteacher," Janet whispered.
    Doan looked shocked. "No!"
    "You promised!"
    "I'm sober as a judge," Doan said.
    Janet said: "I'm a schoolteacher in the Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary."
    "Now, after all," said Doan.
    "It's true! There is such a place, and I teach in it."

    I think Doan's "after all" means "after all you were lying", but why does he think so? Is "Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary" such a strange name for a school?

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    Re: Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary

    Quote Originally Posted by imchongjun View Post
    Hello, teachers.
    I have a question about the following dialog.

    "You won't laugh or make fun?"
    "I promise."
    "I'm a schoolteacher," Janet whispered.
    Doan looked shocked. "No!"
    "You promised!"
    "I'm sober as a judge," Doan said.
    Janet said: "I'm a schoolteacher in the Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary."
    "Now, after all," said Doan.
    "It's true! There is such a place, and I teach in it."

    I think Doan's "after all" means "after all you were lying", but why does he think so? Is "Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary" such a strange name for a school?
    perhaps Janet had doubts about teaching there earlier.


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    Re: Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary

    "After all" means "in spite of considerations or expectations to the contrary", so in this case it is used to express surprise, could be both because Janet is a teacher and because the name of the school sounds strange (at least to Doan).

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    Re: Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary

    Thank you everyone. You are always helpful.

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    Re: Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary

    Probably means the same as "Gosh" "Is that so?" or "I'd never guess"

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