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    a graceful language for a woman?

    Dear Teachers,


    I read this from True Pleasures by Lucinda Holdforth:


    "There’s even a graceful language for a woman’s evolution: she might arrive in Paris as a fresh-faced ingénue, grow through experience into a femme du monde, try out her style as a femme fatale, and wind up as a grande dame."


    Does "a graceful language" refer to French? What does it mean by "a graceful language for a woman’s evolution"?

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    Re: a graceful language for a woman?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eway View Post
    Dear Teachers,


    I read this from True Pleasures by Lucinda Holdforth:


    "There’s even a graceful language for a woman’s evolution: she might arrive in Paris as a fresh-faced ingénue, grow through experience into a femme du monde, try out her style as a femme fatale, and wind up as a grande dame."


    Does "a graceful language" refer to French? What does it mean by "a graceful language for a woman’s evolution"?
    "There’s even a graceful language for a woman’s evolution" means "There is a specific language that describes how a woman evolves". No, it's not French. It's terms such as "fresh-faced ingénue, femme du monde, femme fatale, grande dame".
    The terms are, incidentally, French. But that's not the language referred to.

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