What do “poor duck,” “debuted,” and “kind to the gel” mean?
Question by Aditya I.P.: What do “poor duck,” “debuted,” and “kind to the gel” mean?
“Well, poor duck, she’s really my goddaughter. I don’t suppose you know her. She debuted four years ago.”
“But what’s her name?”
Arabella fidgeted with the glass jar for a moment, looking uncharacteristically hesitant. “I shouldn’t want you to—well, I can trust you to be kind to the gel. It’s not as if you’ve a puritanical past yourself.”
Answer by Doethineb
The girl in question was a debutante, who made her entry into polite society by being presented to the King (or was it still the Queen??) by her mother or some other female at Court at the age of 17 or 18.
Poor duck is just an affectionate term of commiseration. The man is suggesting that it may be a misfortune to be his goddaughter.
Gel is an affected way of saying “girl”. “Be kind to the girl.”
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