regulate the fixin's of your little shoes

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Gabriel Aparta

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Español - Venezuela
Hello everyone, please, from Dracula by Bram Stoker:

Miss Lucy, I know I ain't good enough to regulate the fixin's of your little shoes, but I guess if you wait till you find a man that is you will go join them seven young women with the lamps when you quit. Won't you just hitch up alongside of me and let us go down the long road together, driving in double harness?

This is a character that talks in slang, from Texas. Now, what are those fixin's? And what does it mean to regulate them?

Thanks!
 
  • Glenfarclas

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    English (American)
    It refers to straps, laces, or latchets. The sentence is a reference to various places in the New Testament in which St. John the Baptist proclaimed Christ saying, "I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie" (Lk 3:16: see also Jn 1:27, Mk 17). The following portion is a reference to the parable of the wise and the foolish virgins in Matthew 25.
     
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