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    society complexions

    Dear Teachers,

    I read these from True Pleasures by Lucinda Holdforth:

    "Pink silk lampshades ensured the light would be flattering to smooth society complexions."

    What is "society complexion"?

    "The scarf is among the most daring; pale green silk backing an oblong of red velvet, brocade and silk."

    I can't quite picture the image. There are red patterns in the shape of oblong on the green background?

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    Re: society complexions

    #1 The women in "high society" will have good skins and expert make-up. The phrase is underlining the social status of the women.

    #2 I think it means that the scarf has two layers, the front one being velvet and brocade [both probably of silk], which is backed (lined) with pale green silk. This will give an idea:

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