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Tomahawk71
Posted: Thursday, July 06, 2017 2:48:41 AM

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Hi,
What does "to bob a little" mean here, please?
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It was a face which at first sight meant nothing to Smiley, seeming to have neither the imprint of temperament nor the components of character; it was a shallow, ordinary face, inclining to plumpness, and lacking quality. It matched his short, ordinary body and his black, ordinary hair; it was suitably compressed into an expression of sorrow. As Smiley watched him turn into the centre aisle and take his place among the principal mourners, it occurred to him that Rode's very walk and bearing successfully conveyed something entirely alien to Carne. If it is vulgar to wear a pen in the breast pocket of your jacket, to favour Fair Isle pullovers and brown ties, to bob a little and turn your feet out as you walk, then Rode beyond a shadow of doubt was vulgar, for though he did not now commit these sins, his manner implied them all.


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Sarrriesfan
Posted: Thursday, July 06, 2017 6:55:26 AM

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Bob means to move up and down slightly.
Have you ever seen boats on the sea or on a river when here are small waves? Living in Istanbul with the Bosphourus I Would imagine you have.They bob up and down, Rodes walk reminds Smiley of that.

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Tomahawk71
Posted: Thursday, July 06, 2017 7:17:20 AM

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Sarrriesfan wrote:
Bob means to move up and down slightly.
Have you ever seen boats on the sea or on a river when here are small waves? Living in Istanbul with the Bosphourus I Would imagine you have.They bob up and down, Rodes walk reminds Smiley of that.



Like that? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMMnfVLlpa4

youtube.com/watch?v=EMMnfVLlpa4
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Thursday, July 06, 2017 8:12:55 AM

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Tomahawk71 wrote:
Sarrriesfan wrote:
Bob means to move up and down slightly.
Have you ever seen boats on the sea or on a river when here are small waves? Living in Istanbul with the Bosphourus I Would imagine you have.They bob up and down, Rodes walk reminds Smiley of that.



Like that? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMMnfVLlpa4

youtube.com/watch?v=EMMnfVLlpa4


Probably yes I think that's a good clip to illustrate the idea.

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Tomahawk71
Posted: Thursday, July 06, 2017 8:42:27 AM

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Sarrriesfan wrote:
Tomahawk71 wrote:
Sarrriesfan wrote:
Bob means to move up and down slightly.
Have you ever seen boats on the sea or on a river when here are small waves? Living in Istanbul with the Bosphourus I Would imagine you have.They bob up and down, Rodes walk reminds Smiley of that.



Like that? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMMnfVLlpa4

youtube.com/watch?v=EMMnfVLlpa4


Probably yes I think that's a good clip to illustrate the idea.


Thank you, Sarrriesfan :)
We call it "yaylanmak", meaning "to walk springyly". :)
thar
Posted: Thursday, July 06, 2017 9:05:34 AM

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This is still all about class. About being vulgar, common.
It is not even that he walked that way. He didn't.
He is just the sort of person who looked like he should.

Deportment is an extremely important indicator of class (in the sense of someone having class, of not being vulgar)


Self-control, the 'stiff upper lip', includes deportment - the control of your body is considered very important. (It is why some people who are real sticklers for the rules are described as having a stick up their ass).


Eg, schooling for some young ladies used to involve learning how to walk upright! Always!
Have you ever tried to walk down stairs keeping a book balanced on your head? It takes confidence and self-control!




That is pretty much the opposite of your 'vulgar' Travolta swagger.
I don't think a book would stay put on his head for even a second!

And notice, all their feet are pointing forwards - they don't waddle like Charlie Chaplin with their feet to the sides! Not talking
Tomahawk71
Posted: Thursday, July 06, 2017 9:16:55 AM

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thar wrote:
This is still all about class. About being vulgar, common.
It is not even that he walked that way. He didn't.
He is just the sort of person who looked like he should.

Deportment is an extremely important indicator of class (in the sense of someone having class, of not being vulgar)


Self-control, the 'stiff upper lip', includes deportment - the control of your body is considered very important. (It is why some people who are real sticklers for the rules are described as having a stick up their ass).


Eg, schooling for some young ladies used to involve learning how to walk upright! Always!
Have you ever tried to walk down stairs keeping a book balanced on your head? It takes confidence and self-control!




That is pretty much the opposite of your 'vulgar' Travolta swagger.
I don't think a book would stay put on his head for even a second!

And notice, all their feet are pointing forwards - they don't waddle like Charlie Chaplin with their feet to the sides! Not talking


Thank you. Wonderful explanation.
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