English translation: intelligence and conversation
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10:28 Apr 3, 2004
English to English translations [PRO] Idioms / Maxims / Sayings
English term or phrase:parts and conversation
"He said that Mr Dee and he were acquainted with just such a person, whose discretion could be guaranteed, whose *parts and conversation* were usually thought acceptable,"
The "parts" part?
Explanation: I've come across this expression a lot in Jane Austen, for example, 'a man of parts' was an intelligent, quick-thinking or talented man.
Webster: parts: such personal qualities of a superior kind (as high intellectual ability, cleverness, talent) <he had parts and his sisters expected him to do great things - W.S. Maugham> <a man of parts and of great culture - Geoffrey Boumphrey>