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forgetful smile #1 (permalink) Mon Nov 13, 2017 16:47 pm   forgetful smile
 

Hi,

I have come across the following sentence:
She smiled a bright hot smile which was forgetful of time and place or anything but the memory of his mouth on hers.

Please could you explain the extract “which was forgetful of time and place or anything”? Is it possible to say that her bright hot smile made him forget about time and place or anything? “Forgetful” normally refers to a person but how can this adjective be connected with “smile”?
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forgetful smile #2 (permalink) Mon Nov 13, 2017 17:25 pm   forgetful smile
 

Yes, it is a little bit odd. Here I think Margaret Mitchell is saying her smile indicated, reflected, and showed that Scarlett O'Hara was not thinking of anything else but this memory.
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forgetful smile #3 (permalink) Mon Nov 13, 2017 18:21 pm   forgetful smile
 

Thank you very much, Luschen! I noticed that classical authors had used the complicated language.
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forgetful smile #4 (permalink) Tue Nov 14, 2017 17:27 pm   forgetful smile
 

I think 'forgetful of time and place' suggests that when and where were not relevant but simply the act of kissing was uppermost in her mind.
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forgetful smile #5 (permalink) Tue Nov 14, 2017 20:44 pm   forgetful smile
 

Thank you, Alan!
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