Posted by Miri Barak on April 10, 2004
In Reply to: Moll Flanders posted by Ruthi on April 10, 2004
: Hello all,
: I'm currently translating a few scenes from a TV production of "Moll Flanders", and I need your help with something:
: Mr. Richardson and Mr. Baggot discuss the beauty of little miss Flanders over dinner, while she's serving it (yes, I'm a feminist).
: Baggot says: "Well, indeed, a very fine young woman", and Richardson replies: "Aye, She's the toast of all the town". What exactly does he mean by "toast of all the town"? Her being what? - the town's top babe? the town's choice? the one that everybody fantasize about? the one that everybody talks about?
from cambridge dictionary:
the toast of (OLD-FASHIONED)
The toast of a particular place is a person who is very much admired there for something they have recently done:
Not so long ago Viviana was a little-known actress playing in a provincial theatre - these days she's the toast of New York/the town.
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)