essence, quintessence, of Englishness as she understood it

roya579

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"Her(a Hindi woman who loves England) suitcases were stuffed with Marmite, Oxo bouillon cubes, Knorr soup packets, After Eights, daffodil bulbs, and renewed supplies of Boots cucumber lotion and Marks and Spencer underwear-the essence, quintessence, of Englishness as she understood it. <<deleted by moderator>>

Please tell me the meaning of the Bold line: the essence, quintessence, of Englishness as she understood it.

Thank you dear friends
 
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  • MuttQuad

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    English - AmE
    The things mentioned are quintessentially English and might be said to be icons representing English culture and lifestyle, just as one might name baseball and apple pie as being quintessentially American.
     
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