axoaxonic (axoaxonic) wrote in linguaphiles,

Agatha Christie's English

I've come across a phrase I don't understand in Christie's 'The Body in the Library'. Here's the phrase and setup:

"What happened to Mrs. Chetty's Edie?"
"She's just gone into her second place and doing very well, I believe," said Miss Marple.

'Second place' is giving me trouble, and the phrase just isn't specific enough that it's getting good results on Google. I got an article about dogs in heat on my first page of results, and when I accidentally read spoilers for the story, I decided to stop looking and ask y'all.

If anyone has tips on how to parse Christie's English, or do a decent Google search on it for any future questions I may have, I would also appreciate that.

Thanks in advance!

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