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Appleberry

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Korean
I don't understand what it means...

On the third day of Madame Beaumont's residence in the hotel a young man entered and registered himself as a guest. His clothing—to speak of his points in approved order—was quietly in the mode; his features good and regular; his expression that of a poised and sophisticated man of the world. He informed the clerk that he would remain three or four days, inquired concerning the sailing of European steamships, and sank into the blissful inanition of the nonpareil hotel with the contented air of a traveller in his favorite inn.

'oder' probably means 'arrangement'. Then his points(in the following sentences..his clothings, features, expression) is in special order? What 'approved' implies here?

Please advise me. :)

Above is one paragraph from novel 'Transients in Arcadia' by O.Henry.
 
  • GreenWhiteBlue

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    USA - English
    The writer is being humorous. There is no such thing as an "approved" order for describing someone; after all, who would "approve" (or authorize) such a thing as the way to give a description? What is suggested here, though, -- and presumably with irony! --- is that the most important thing in the list of the man's favorable qualities ("his points") is that the man's clothing was tasteful and fashionable.
     
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