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imchongjun

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Hello, teachers.
I came across the following passage in a novel about which I have two questions.

"Inquire at the Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary," Doan advised.
"At what?" Captain Perona asked blankly.
"I didn't believe there could be such a joint, either, but there is, and she teaches in it."

(1) What does "joint" mean? I checked the dictionary but could not find a definition that seemed proper in this context. Doan has a humorous way of speaking, and I, as a non-English speaker, have to think twice before I decide what he means...
(2) From the fact that Doan says "I didn't believe there could be such a joint", "Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary" seems to be an odd name for a school. In what way is this odd?
I appreciate any suggestions from you. Thank you in advance!!
 

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"joint" in this context is the slang for a (generally disreputable) place of entertainment. It is being used to mean simply "place".

Its use here is slangy and humorous.
 

imchongjun

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Thank you, Anglika, for your quick response.
I think I now understand this part.
 
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