November 7th, 2009

questions

Riddle me this

The book I am reading right now begins by describing the heroine as "Blond and ovately willowy".

If you are writing about a fair-haired woman, which is correct:

blond
1(1.3%)
blonde
61(78.2%)
both can be used
16(20.5%)

Can a thing or person which is ovate also be willowy?

Yes
6(7.7%)
No
45(57.7%)
Sometimes
4(5.1%)
I don't know what ovate means
23(29.5%)

If you think you know what the author meant by "ovately willowy", please explain to me in comments. Extra points if you identify the novel in question.

(I am about to get on a twelve-hour transatlantic flight from Istanbul to New York so it will be a while before I can respond.)