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Blossoming on the young Rhine
2013-09-07 02:42 pm (UTC)
She smiles, as she so often does when anyone speaks to her of Switzerland. 'My brother mentioned that he'd met you here,' she replies. 'I'm very glad to meet you as well. Do please call me Lilli, if it would not trouble you to do so.'
Her use of
, as it would seem to her) still manages to convey a sense of friendly kindness. Considering her land-locked location between Switzerland and Austria, both of whom wield formal and archaic language like weapons in spite of their declared neutrality, she has learned much of the art of softening an otherwise stiff-sounding sentence.
'I thought it might be you, because of the tricolour.' Liechtenstein knows full well that it is one thing to wear such a sign when it speaks of one's political principles and proud defiance to all who see it...and another thing to continue to wear it in a place where it may mean nothing to anyone but the wearer. 'I haven't met many people here from our part of the world, so I was happy to hear that you are one of France's people.'
. The verb is a deliberate choice on her part.
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