What does 'exotic' refer to in this context?

"Michael Corleone was amusing Kay Adams by telling her little stories about some of the more colorful wedding guests. He was, in turn, amused by her finding these people exotic, and, as always, charmed by her intense interest in anything new and foreign to her experience."

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  • 2 months ago
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    In this instance, exotic is used as follows:

    strikingly unusual or strange in effect or appearance:

    Kay was finding the people Michael was describing as exotic as they were probably people she was not used to being around, and as such was fascinated by them.

    It would be the same as a regular person all of a sudden being around someone they never thought they would ever see, like a king or famous movie star. 

  • 2 months ago

    foreign as in strange or alien, but in a good way.  exotic is a good thing, when something is totally unfamiliar yet enjoyable/interesting in most ways.

    Exotic mannerisms are seen as amusing and even fun, but alien mannerisms would be seen as disturbing somehow.  But both mean "not like we would do it here".

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    For Kay Adams, the people were exotic because she was not in their inner circle.

    They were new, novel, alien, unusual, thus interesting, enticing.

    Imagine encountering celebrities in your midst, and your friend telling you about the celebrities experiences. You would be wrapped in wonder, disbelief, astonishment, but also highly intoxicated. 

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