painting corners of aptness upon a chessboard of boundaries

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  1. nagariya Senior Member

    hindi
    What is the meaning of the underlined part

    Many assumed marginal customs -- sati was one, adopting which apparently showed the piety and ancestry of these clans. [...] This was a deadly combination women would repeatedly confront. Propriety stoked this further, ironically added to by Victorian do-gooders. Trying to help women, reformers emphasised 'womanly' qualities like modesty and sacrifice, painting corners of aptness upon a chessboard of boundaries and punishments.
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  2. gramman

    gramman Senior Member

    The chessboard of boundaries and punishments represents the environment provided women in the traditional Indian culture, and the corners of aptness represent the Victorian culture that is "painted" on it, reinforcing it.
     
  3. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    Please tell us the source of your quotation --> see Source.
     

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