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Hi

A man was talking to a woman. The woman was a teacher and he was the owner of a liquor shop.

Two very different emotions dictated Mr Freeman’s

next action. One was a feeling of competition, hardly

conscious; he was slightly older than the Canon, but dash

it, he was well preserved and could be just as charming he

was sure. The other feeling – and it was conscious – was

of pity; he immediately forgave Miss Mayfield her

dowdiness, attributing it to poor pay and the preference

which everybody showed for drably dressed schoolteachers.

Mentally, he reclothed her in the softly folded

chiffon, the becoming flowered hat of his own ‘best’

period. She would be charming.

1. Does it mean that there was a prevalent notion that teachers should be dressed drably. So he forgave her dowdiness because she had a poor pay as a teacher and besides everyone thought that teachers should be dressed drably?

2. Does it mean that that hat would be the best hat from the time when he was young. The best one they had at the time?
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1. Does it mean that there was a prevalent notion that teachers should be dressed drably. So he forgave her dowdiness because she had a poor pay as a teacher and besides everyone thought that teachers should be dressed drably?-- Yes, and that she chose her wardrobe to match that perceived fashion.

2. Does it mean that that hat would be the best hat from the time when he was young. The best one they had at the time?-- I suppose so. It is an odd phrase unless the speaker is a milliner.
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I see. Thanks.