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Offline t k

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---- two mature women, a clean-shaved individual
« on: April 17, 2018, 04:14:15 am »
Men with grey moustaches and full, healthy, vaguely smiling countenances approached, circling round the screen; two mature women with a matronly air of gracious resolution; a clean-shaved individual with sunken cheeks, and dangling a gold-mounted eyeglass on a broad black ribbon with an old-world, dandified effect.  (from The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "two mature women" and "a clean-shaved individual".  How do they relate with the first part of the sentence?  Thanks.  --- tk

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Re: ---- two mature women, a clean-shaved individual
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2018, 02:20:22 pm »
Two ladies past the first flush of youth
A man who had shaved very recently

I am not sure how they relate - the punctuation is very strange - it seems to be just a list of people.
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Re: ---- two mature women, a clean-shaved individual
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2018, 12:05:07 pm »
They are the people she (the lady of the house) is "rearranging her mental impressions" of.  See the previous sentence in the paragraph in the original.
Bertha