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    a man's woman & other questions

    Dear Teachers,

    I read these from True Pleasures by Lucinda Holdforth:

    "But don't some people find them, you know, uptight and competitive?"
    "Oh, they are," she said. "But you know," she added, in that low sinuous way of hers, "I'm a bit like that myself. I'm more of a man's woman."

    What does "a man's woman" mean? That she's masculine like a man?

    ...Le Grand Vefour, one of the oldest and best restaurants in Paris. It seems the entire lunch sitting has arrived together. There's a gratifying whooshing and whirring as we are guided to our table...

    I don't quite get the idea. What does it meany by "the entire lunch sitting has arrived together"?

    ...the hair tied up in a scarf á la crčole...

    What does á la crčole mean?

    Josephine's textbook femininity is outmoded these days: the modern woman is a substantive and explainable being, not an airy and elusive creature.

    What is "textbook femininity"?

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    Re: a man's woman & other questions

    1. Perhaps feminine

    2. all the lunch patrons/guests

    3. in the creole style

    4. pertaining to, characteristic of, or seemingly suitable for inclusion in a textbook; typical; classic: a textbook case; Being a characteristic example of its kind; typical;

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