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    frail blond neediness?

    Dear Teachers,

    I read these from True Pleasures by Lucinda Holdforth.

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    "In the nearly ten years since her marriage she has taken several lovers, but none like twenty-year-old Jules, with his angelic curls and pink and white cheeks and frail blond neediness."

    What is "frail blond neediness"?

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    "He published titillating books, but a stable of writers secretly wrote them."

    What does "titillating" mean here?

    3.
    "Willy rejected her work...He returned to his stable of ghost-writers, to his artistic feuds and his mistresses..."

    What are "artistic feuds"?

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    Re: frail blond neediness?

    1.
    "In the nearly ten years since her marriage she has taken several lovers, but none like twenty-year-old Jules, with his angelic curls and pink and white cheeks and frail blond neediness."

    What is "frail blond neediness"? I would say slim, blond, fragile and vulnerable.

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    "He published titillating books, but a stable of writers secretly wrote them."

    What does "titillating" mean here? Sexually stimulating/suggestive.

    3.
    "Willy rejected her work...He returned to his stable of ghost-writers, to his artistic feuds and his mistresses..."

    What are "artistic feuds"? Arguments about artistic merit between artists, writers etc.

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    Re: frail blond neediness?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    1.
    "In the nearly ten years since her marriage she has taken several lovers, but none like twenty-year-old Jules, with his angelic curls and pink and white cheeks and frail blond neediness."

    What is "frail blond neediness"? I would say slim, blond, fragile and vulnerable.

    2.
    "He published titillating books, but a stable of writers secretly wrote them."

    What does "titillating" mean here? Sexually stimulating/suggestive.

    3.
    "Willy rejected her work...He returned to his stable of ghost-writers, to his artistic feuds and his mistresses..."

    What are "artistic feuds"? Arguments about artistic merit between artists, writers etc.
    About the third one, isn't argument something people would want to avoid? Why would he return to those arguments? I don't quite get the idea...

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    Re: frail blond neediness?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eway View Post
    About the third one, isn't argument something people would want to avoid? Why would he return to those arguments? I don't quite get the idea...
    Not necessarily, sometimes intellectual argument can be stimulating and interesting.

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    Re: frail blond neediness?

    Some people try to avoid arguments. Others try to provoke them.


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