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

#65883 - 04/18/02 09:45 PM Re: femme de trent ans
Bobyoungbalt Offline

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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.

#65884 - 04/18/02 10:01 PM Re: femme de trent ans
inselpeter Offline

Registered: 03/14/01
Posts: 2379
Loc: New York City
<<..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.


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

#65885 - 04/18/02 11:29 PM Re: femme de trent ans
doc_comfort Offline

Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 618
Loc: Australia
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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