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old maids #65882
04/18/02 06:19 PM
04/18/02 06:19 PM
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"Arsenic and Old Lace"?


Re: femme de trent ans #65883
04/19/02 01:45 AM
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French can be equivocal in many ways and this is an illustration. If Balzac were speaking about a man and alluded to his "femme de trente ans", it would mean his wife of 30 years; i.e., they had been married 30 years.


Re: femme de trent ans #65884
04/19/02 02:01 AM
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<<..so by Sherlockian reduction...ease suggested by the other option.>>

I'm with Mav on this one. Either because she's married, or unmarried, or "experienced," or whatever other either you may think of, at a certain age -- let's call it 30 -- romance is no longer that thing once taken so lightly. The ambiguity of the definition you cited is, I think, the result of its deliberately salacious -- call it romantic -- formulation.

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Anu's spell checker insists that where I wrote "salacious," I meant "salad." But I can assure you, I eat my salad dressed.


Re: femme de trent ans #65885
04/19/02 03:29 AM
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As one who only skim reads most threads, could people please refrain from typing Anu's. My medical mind always reads that the wrong way.


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