<songs> about the impossibility of leaving off dancing

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park sang joon

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Korean
The narrator recalls his adolescence.
He is an apprentice for the lawyer Mr. Spenlow.
He fell in love with Mr. Spenlow's only daughter Dora.
He visited Dora's best friend Miss Mill's house to meet Dora.

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After tea we had the guitar; and Dora sang those same dear old French songs about the impossibility of ever on any account leaving off dancing, La ra la, La ra la, until I felt a much greater Monster than before.
[David Copperfield by Charles Dickens]
I don't think Dora knew a several songs about the impossibility of leaving off dancing or there are those.
So I was wondering why it is "songs," not "song."
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
  • The sentence you have quoted says "Dora sang those same dear old French songs" - so it is "songs" (plural).
    It sounds humorous. He is probably referring to songs such as the famous one about the bridge in Avignon.
     

    Glasguensis

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    English - Scotland
    Your assertion about Dora's musical repertoire seems unjustified. My understanding is that she did indeed know several songs. In fact it would be unusual that she sang only one song, so this is more a generalisation about the theme of the songs she sang than a mistake which has gone unremarked for 150 years.
     

    park sang joon

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Thank you, johngiovanni, for yet another so very kind answer from you. :)
    Thank you, Glasguensis, for your so very valuable opinion. :)
     
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