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what does "prejudice is a convenient phenomenon that disappear at her wish" mean? She used the word "tough" without the conviction it would have carried had he been a Southern boy. She only knew it with her mind; her ear couldn't distinguish between one Yankee voice and another. And somehow Mrs. Calhoun didn't expire at his appearance on the threshold. The supposedly ineradicable prejudices of Ailie's parents were a convenient phenomenon that disappeared at her wish. It was her friends who were astonished. Ailie, always a little above Tarleton, whose beaux had been very carefully the "nicest" men of the camp--Ailie and Lieutenant Schoen! I grew tired of assuring people that she was merely distracting herself--and indeed every week or so there was someone new--an ensign from Pensacola, an old friend from New Orleans--but always, in between times, there was Earl Schoen.
Oct 4, 2018 6:56 AM
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I am not familiar with the text, and the extract is a little confusing - however, it seems that Ailie's parents harboured certain prejudices about people, but Ailie only copied those prejudices when it suited her - so when she chose to she would happily consort with people who her parents would consider unsuitable. At least I think that is what it means.
October 4, 2018
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