the bustle


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Hi everyone
What is your interpretation for "the bustle" in the following context from "Puss-in-Boots" by Angela Carter.
I would never have said, in the normal course of things, his voice would charm the birds out of the trees, like mine; and yet the bustle died for him, the homeward-turning costers paused in their tracks to hearken, the preening street girls forgot their hard-edged smiles as they turned to him and some of the old ones wept, they did.
Could it mean the whole business in the square? or the women there?
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