as if she were a <cipher>


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Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover( page 275, chapter 13) by Lawrence (planetebook,here):
The keeper strode up with his coat and gun, Flossie cautiously at his heels. Clifford asked the man to do something or other to the engine. Connie, who understood nothing at all of the technicalities of motors, and who had had experience of breakdowns, sat patiently on the bank as if she were a cipher. The keeper lay on his stomach again.

I guess technicalities means technical terms. But does cipher refers to zero(meaning a person not existing) or a person who is of no importance?
Thank you in advance
  • gabriela.reyes369

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    Spanish - Colombia (Bogotá)

    Yes, the term 'cipher' is usually used in these contexts as referring to someone that's not important, whose individuality is not taken into account but it's rather just a single number out of many.
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