"Some Bourgeois two-a-penny thing"

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"Some Bourgeois two-a-penny thing"

Postby singingstar1216 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:58 am

In "Éponine's Errand," Éponine says, "Some Bourgeois two-a=penny thing" in response to Cosette. I'm not sure exactly what that means. My guess is that it mean something like, "Nobody important," but I'd like to know the true meaning (I do know that bourgeois is an upper middle class person).
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Re: "Some Bourgeois two-a-penny thing"

Postby WhoIam » Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:22 am

My understanding is that she's saying there are lots of girls just like Cosette and that she's nothing special: she's a middle-class(bourgeois) girl, and there are so many of those that the idea is that you could get two for a penny.

Then again, I might have a completely incorrect impression. :?
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Re: "Some Bourgeois two-a-penny thing"

Postby singingstar1216 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:29 am

Ohhhh! Thank you! That makes way more sense now! :)
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Re: "Some Bourgeois two-a-penny thing"

Postby Acaila » Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:24 pm

You're both pretty much right, it's to suggest something is both cheap and common. An American equivalent would be "a dime a dozen".
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