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If you hear any of the following words or phrases used to describe a female character in a movie made before 1970, odds are good that they’re trying to tell you about a lesbian, a real shadows girl, someone who prefers the hour just after dusk, a gal with her own library card.

Improbable

Unlikely

Curious

Irregular

Oho

Fond of her health

Peculiar

Glasses

Inquisitive

“Pays her own way”

Well-read

Mysterious

Independent-minded

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Scholarly

Incurable

“She keeps her hands in her pockets”

Resourceful

Standoffish

Uninvited

Companionable

“Carries plenty of spare change”

A real pal

Unaccountable

A shirts-and-trousers female

Busy

“Carries her own purse”

Confidential

Marvelous

Uncanny

Contralto

Financially secure

Unfriendly

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Remarkable

Solitary

Loyal

Singular

Artistic

Unsympathetic

Reluctant

“She kisses backwards”

Sturdy

Outdoorsy

“She’s an evening girl, fond of the twilight hours”

Tight-lipped

Devoted

Civic-minded

Energetic

Steady-handed

Alert

“Stands up on a night train”

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