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kahroba

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Persian
Dear all
Please kindly tell me what's meant by "she was going to Capri for six months of sheer beauty" in the following context, taken from "The Big Money" by Dos Passos:
Time: 1920s
Location: NY
Next Saturday afternoon Charley spent looking for a walkup furnished apartment. He rented a livingroom kitchenette and bath all done in grey from a hennahaired artist lady in flowing batiks who said she was going to Capri for six months of sheer beauty, and called up an agency for a Japanese houseboy to take care of it.
Does it mean she was going to Capri for six months to enjoy the sheer beauty of Capri?
 
  • ewie

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    Yes, me too. There's a hint of DosPassos mimicking the rather gushy language that an 'artist lady' might have (stereotypically) employed:)
     
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