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    has more than a hint of

    Dear Teachers,

    I read this from The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney:

    "She holds up a sprigged cotton calico that has more than a hint of Marie Antoinette playing at milkmaids."

    What does "has more than a hint of" mean?
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    Re: has more than a hint of

    A hint is a slight indication. "More than a hint" = a stronger indication.

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    Re: has more than a hint of

    Is it saying there's a picture of Marie Antoinette playing at milkmaids on the cotton calico?


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    Re: has more than a hint of

    No. History says that Marie Antoinette and the ladies of the French court would amuse themselves by dressing up as milkmaids, and cavorting around the gardens at Versailles. (Like a young boy would put on a cowboy suit and play cowboys and Indians.)

    Marie Antoinette would wear silk! Calico is cheap cotton fabric with some design on it, and would have been the typical kind of dress a milkmaid would wear. This is the kind of dress the character in the story holds up, and the speaker/author is intimating this all seems a bit of a charade

    Understand that when we say, 'more than a hint', this is an understatement for humourous effect. It's almost as if the author is saying, 'it looked pretty much like M.A. playing at milkmaids to me, with a dress she would probably never normally wear!'


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    I have a feeling that if you look into it you will find that Marie Antoinette wore muslin when at Le Petit Trianon. So the sprigged cotton is reminiscent of Marie Antoinette playing at being a milkmaid.

    These are paintings of her at the Trianon: http://tinyurl.com/6k4fq3 http://tinyurl.com/5kl5vo


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    Re: has more than a hint of

    Marie Antoinette would wear silk! Calico is cheap cotton fabric with some design on it, and would have been the typical kind of dress a milkmaid would wear. This is the kind of dress the character in the story holds up, and the speaker/author is intimating this all seems a bit of a charade

    Perhaps this wasn't clear. I meant M.A. would normally wear expensive fabrics, whether silk or muslim, and would wear simple calico when 'dressing up' (or would it be down' in this case?) to play milkmaids.

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