silky and effete

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sunnyseason

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japanese
Hi,
I would be very grateful if you could help me with this sentence.I have some difficulty understanding this sentence ( short story from Saki, "SREDNI VASHTAR").

Conradin was ten years old, and the doctor had pronounced his professional opinion that the boy would not live another five years. The doctor was silky and effete, and counted for little, but his opinion was endorsed by Mrs. de Ropp, who counted for nearly everything.


What is the doctor like?
 
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  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    The doctor was silky and effete, = The doctor was quite, too polite and looked weak and sickly, -
     

    Thomas Tompion

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    English - England
    This being a Saki story, you are being invited to see the doctor through the child's eyes.

    As the child is almost certainly a latent homosexual, these effeminate qualities will have struck him forcibly.

    This delicacy of perception makes all the more ironic his war with his aunt and his use of the polecat-ferret in that war.
     
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