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Date Posted: Fri, January 12 2024, 8:06:18
Author: kgp
Subject: QOTD for Friday, January 12, 2024

The following quotation is from Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon. Copyright 2022 All Rights Reserved. Chapter 35 Ambsace

She did, heaved the water into the tub, then set down the bucket, looked up at me and said seriously, “I know what ‘swived’ means.”

I felt as though she’d just kicked me sharply in the shin.

“Do you, indeed?” I managed, picking up my working knife. “I, um . . . suppose you would.” She’d spent half her short life in a brothel in Philadelphia; she probably knew a lot of other words not in the vocabulary of the average twelve-year-old.

“It’s too bad,” she said, turning to fetch another bucket; the boys had filled all of them this morning; there were six left. “I like his lordship a lot. He wath - was so good to me and - and Jane. I like Mr. Fraser, too,” she added. Though with a certain reserve.

“I’m sure he appreciates your good opinion.” I said gravely, wondering, What the hell? ”And yes, his lordship is a very fine man. He’s always been a good friend to us.” I put a bit of emphasis on the “us,” and saw that register.

“Oh.” A small frown disturbed the perfect skin of her forehead. “I thup- suppose that makes it worse. That you went to bed with him,” she explained, lest I have missed her point. “Men don’t like to share a woman. Unless it’s an ambsace.”

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[> And now I had to read the whole chapter to figure out what Ambsace was. This is a great snippet that I had forgotten! -- Janet, Fri, January 12 2024, 11:09:42

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[> [> I've been listening to the book overnight and I wake up in random passages. -- kgp, Fri, January 12 2024, 12:08:40

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[> [> [> I do that too! Only quietly listen to books I know so I just drift off to a familiar “bed time story.” -- Kathy in PA, Fri, January 12 2024, 17:25:11

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[> archaic. : the lowest throw at dice. also : something worthless or unlucky. I wonder why the madam used this word to describe two men with one woman. -- kgp, Fri, January 12 2024, 12:42:53

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[> [> I think she was just describing the woman. As usual, double standard. Thanks for the definition - I remember this scene but didn’t remember that phrase. It’s going to be interesting to see Fanny as a young woman on the ridge. -- Kathy in PA, Fri, January 12 2024, 17:23:03

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