her neat frame collapse into unruly happiness

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Do you think the following sentence means: her orderly or perfect figure folded in an uncontrollable laugh?

When they first met, nothing had pleased him more than to make her laugh. To watch her neat frame collapse into unruly happiness.

It's part of "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry"by Rachel Joyce, British writer.

Thank you.
  • heypresto

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    English - England
    'Delicate' carries with it an implication that the woman is frail, or unhealthy, or weak, whereas a 'slight' woman, or a woman with a 'neat frame' is as likely to be strong and healthy as anybody else.
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