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does "mannequins file" here mean "fashion show?"

This precaution, however, did nothing to change the verdict of the critics, who voted for capital pun-ishment. One writer, Michel Deon, now a member of the French Academy, attended that memorable reopening at the side of Chanel. He recalled it in an article published in Les Nouvelles litteraires: "The French press were atrocious in their vulgarity, mean¬ness, and stupidity. They drubbed away at her age, assuring everyone that she had learned nothing in fifteen years of silence. We watched the mannequins file by in icy silence."

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    "File by" means to walk past in a straight line.

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