venus laced elastic straps

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sisse nar

Senior Member
Hi, all.

This is from <A death in the family> by James Agee.

"Latticed in pawnshop iron, an old saber caught the glint of a street lamp, a mandolin’s belly glowed. In a closed drug store stood Venus de Milo, her golden body laced in elastic straps."

I don't get the bold part. Why is there a Venus in a drug store?
And what is elastic straps?
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    I assume Agee is comparing an armless mannequin to the armless statue of Venus de Milo. That gold-colored, plastic body is laced in elastic straps, which are probably some type of merchandise that the drugstore is trying to sell.
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