Early in Act II, Mary tries to extort a bribe from Rosalie in exchange for knowledge of what is happening at the school. Mary asks, "Will you give me a free T.L. if I tell you?" What is a "T.L."? 

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"T. L." is an old abbreviation (originating in the 17th century) that is meant to signify the intent that something is meant to remain a secret. The "T" is the initial for the Latin word "tace," to "be silent." The "L" represents the Latin origin. So, "T. L.," or "Tace is Latin," is a way of conveying a message that is meant to be a secret. Check out the link below for a more historical description. 

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The above answer is helpful for telling you what the TL means.  By specifically saying "free" TL, Mary seems to be asking for a favor of a future secret. When it comes to girls and gossip, trading secrets is important!

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