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vkhu
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:49:25 PM
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Connie climbed the fence into the narrow path between the dense, bristling young firs. Mrs Flint went running back across the pasture, in a sun-bonnet, because she was really a schoolteacher.

The excerpt comes from here: https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/l/lawrence/dh/l41l/chapter10.html

Why would having a sun-bonnet confirms that this Flint lady a schoolteacher?

To be more precise, the fact that Connie then considered Flint a real teacher doesn't bother me. A few paragraphs back, Connie noted that Flint used to teach, but thought that she might be a "false little thing" (I'm reading that as doesn't have the proper manners befitting a teacher). They then had some tea and talked, and got on pretty well. So it makes sense Connie would change her opinion toward Flint based on their interaction.

But here, the reason for her change of opinion was, of all things, a sun-bonnet? That makes zero sense.
thar
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 2:15:04 PM

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I suspect it is more about what they were doing than what she as wearing.
pjharvey
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 3:59:26 AM
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thar wrote:
I suspect it is more about what they were doing than what she as wearing.


Yes, it could be because, while Connie "climbed the fence", Mrs. Flint "went running back".
vkhu
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 7:20:24 AM
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I still don't get it. What does running have to do with being a teacher? Does people like carpenters or writers never run?
thar
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 7:28:09 AM

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No, but why was she not climbing over the fence (an unladylike thing to do).

There is a context here we don't have, so we really can't help.

It will be in wheat is happening in the story, and the motivations of the characters.
It is bigger than that single action.



A 'schoolteacher' obeys the rules of society and acts with decorum, if that helps.
georgew
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 6:19:26 PM
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thar wrote:
No, but why was she not climbing over the fence (an unladylike thing to do).

There is a context here we don't have, so we really can't help.

It will be in wheat is happening in the story, and the motivations of the characters.
It is bigger than that single action.

A 'schoolteacher' obeys the rules of society and acts with decorum, if that helps.


Well, it helps the schoolteacher. That's for sure.Whistle
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