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To Viviana

Posted by Henry on April 12, 2004

In Reply to: Re: Moll Flanders posted by Miri Barak 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?
: : Thanks.

: 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)

In a toast, drinkers raise their glasses and drink to the name of someone of significance. At a formal dinner, the Loyal Toast will remember the Queen. At a wedding, the toast may be to the couple. In other words, it's a compliment to the success of Viviana.