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Paris quickly forgets. Soon no one spoke of Chanel, and a new public knew her merely as a name. As for Chanel, only the rising star of a very great couturier could revive the old sense of competition. But Christian Dior at his zenith promised to be a worthy adversary. In 1954 Chanel set out to destroy him as if it were a holy mission. In this she did not succeed, but managed, in her lightning reappearance, to challenge him quite seriously. Indeed, Chanel realized a new and immense success. Thus did this indomitable woman, now seventy-one years old, rediscover the old passion for her metier. She worked with a ferocious dedication—as well as with utter indifference to the emotional disarray caused by her demands and rages. Whenever these rang out, the life of a building with several stories and a staff of hundreds remained suspended as if from her fingers or from the very sound of her voice.

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How would you explain the last sentence: Whenever these rang out, the life of a building with several stories and a staff of hundreds remained suspended as if from her fingers or from the very sound of her voice? What does “these” refer to and what’s the meaning of the whole sentence?
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    "These" are her demands and rages. The meaning of the sentence is figurative. When she raged, her ferocity caused a building and hundreds of people to pause, dependent upon her.

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