The Ambiguity and Symbolism in Mademoiselle

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AMBIGUITY • He lived comfortably on a small income which his mother had left him, and which his guardian paid him regularly, and so he was rather envied than pitied The word ‘guardian’ have a various meaning, it can be boss, owner of shop or something • “The fact is, that as for the tip-cat he has got, it is really not worth mentioning in a Christian. No offense to God in saying so.” And his grandfather who was equally fond of a joke, used to add: “I only hope he will not lose it, as he grows bigger, like tadpoles do their tails!” The word ‘tip-cat’ have more than one meaning, depends on the reader what ‘tip-cat’ means. The sentence he grows bigger is also have more than one meaning, what grows bigger? The body or something else • Often at their village dances, he had heard young fellows boasting about girls whom they had seduced, and praising such and such a young fellow, and often, also, after a dance, he saw the couples go away together, with their arms round each other’s waists. They had no suspicions of him, and he listened and watched, until, at last, he discovered what was going on. “he discovered what was going on” have more than one meaning, depends on the reader what was going on with the couples. SYMBOLS • And then, he was not one of those idiots with wild looks, and the manners of an animal, Wild looks mean bad, ragged, dirty and so on, and the manners of an animal means harm and dangerous • ….because all thought they would please the poor gentle creature who harmed nobody. Because mademoiselle is idiot and the word idiot is too rude sometimes, the poor gentle creature can replace it. • His smooth face, his long flax like hair, required a cap with ribbons, and became a caricature under the high chimney-pot hat of the old doctor, his grandson. It means that mademoiselle face or looks is like the picture in a
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