Dishing It Out

04 Oct

majolica – n. earthenware covered in a tin glaze and fired

Classical Usage:  At Princess Betsy’s after-opera party in Chapter 6 of Part Two her husband makes an appearance and makes the unfortunate decision to attempt a conversation with the plump, eyebrowless Princess Myagky about a topic she’s already declared off-limits, the evening’s vocalist.  She wastes not a second in coarse reply, “Please don’t talk to me about the opera:  you don’t know a thing about music.  I had better meet you on your own ground and talk about your majolica and your prints.  Tell me, what treasures have you picked up lately in the junk shops?”

Classically Mad Usage:  We don’t have majolica.  We have Corelle.  We also have some plastic plates from the dollar aisle at Target.  No junk shops for us.

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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Anna Karenina


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