Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary

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imchongjun

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Hello, teachers.
I have a question about the following dialog.

"You won't laugh or make fun?"
"I promise."
"I'm a schoolteacher," Janet whispered.
Doan looked shocked. "No!"
"You promised!"
"I'm sober as a judge," Doan said.
Janet said: "I'm a schoolteacher in the Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary."
"Now, after all," said Doan.
"It's true! There is such a place, and I teach in it."

I think Doan's "after all" means "after all you were lying", but why does he think so? Is "Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary" such a strange name for a school?
 

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Hello, teachers.
I have a question about the following dialog.

"You won't laugh or make fun?"
"I promise."
"I'm a schoolteacher," Janet whispered.
Doan looked shocked. "No!"
"You promised!"
"I'm sober as a judge," Doan said.
Janet said: "I'm a schoolteacher in the Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary."
"Now, after all," said Doan.
"It's true! There is such a place, and I teach in it."

I think Doan's "after all" means "after all you were lying", but why does he think so? Is "Wisteria Young Ladies' Seminary" such a strange name for a school?

perhaps Janet had doubts about teaching there earlier.
 

Aligor

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"After all" means "in spite of considerations or expectations to the contrary", so in this case it is used to express surprise, could be both because Janet is a teacher and because the name of the school sounds strange (at least to Doan).
 

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Probably means the same as "Gosh" "Is that so?" or "I'd never guess"
 
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