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Yarborough is a senator, but what does "Opal Yarborough"mean? In the interests of harmony he would speak at the Thomas testimonial dinner this evening. He had made just one condition. His wife was going to meet him at the Houston airport, and he wanted the Yarboroughs to ride into town with the Thomases. This, of course, was a blind. He wanted a pretext to avoid the Johnson car. Since the decoy was named Opal Yarborough, however, courtly Albert Thomas couldn't object.
Oct 26, 2012 3:16 AM
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An Opal is a type of semi-precious stone (次寶石). However, in this case, it's the person's first (given) name - it must be a woman. Actually, maybe it's a crystal, not a stone? the chinese for "Opal" is 蛋白石 Anyway, you can easily know this because Opal is capitalized.
October 26, 2012
A decoy = a distraction that is meant to lead attention away from something. In this case, Yarborough wants to choose the car he will ride in, but without drawing attention to his avoidance of the Johnson car. Opal is his wife's first name; her presence gives Yarborough a good reason to ride where he likes, without offending anybody. She is the decoy that allows his dislike of the Johnsons to escape attention. To say that the decoy's name is Opal Yarborough is just a fancy way of saying that the guy, Yarborough, was using his wife's arrival to cover up or distract from his own desire to avoid riding with the Johnsons.
October 26, 2012
Opal Yarborough was Senator Yarborough's wife.
October 26, 2012
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