Q: "bourgeois epitan costume"

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Wed Oct 5 05:38:34 UTC 2011

On 10/4/2011 1:30 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
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> Another bit from "The Adventure of the Three Gables" DVD.  Holmes and
> Langdale Pike are viewing a costumed revel (seems a mixture of
> Restoration and Elizabethan styles) at the estate of "the young Duke
> of Lomond" (as Doyle writes), Isadora Klein's current conquest.  Pike
> says he and Holmes are "above bourgeois epitan costume".  (My hearing
> and the subtitle agree.  Not in Doyle.)  "Epitan" is pronounced as I
> might imagine it in French, with a distinct nasalized AN.
> I don't find "epitan" in on-line French dictionaries, nor the phrase
> "bourgeois epitan costume" in Google.  What may it mean?  Or is it
> another subtitling error?

Maybe "├ępatant", as in this transcrpt:


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