comically at variance

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Whats the meaning of the underlined term in the following: "...; she only stood there with a dim, though not a languid smile, and with an effect of irresponsible incompetent youth almost comically at variance with faded facts of her person."? (taken from :The Asperen Papers By Henry James)
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    "Faded facts of her person" would seem to refer to her appearance, rather than to her character.

    Please note, Horizens, that the title of the story you are reading is The Aspern Papers.


    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    Did you check our dictionary, Horizens?

    an instance of varying; difference; discrepancy.

    at variance, in a state of disagreement: His views were at variance with mine.
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