In "The Light Fantastic", rather early in the book, I was a bit surprised by the phrase
the object of desire did indeed look like a bottle of champagne
to justify claiming that the
beloved having a face that launched a thousand ships.
I don't want to appear macho, but an hourglass figure (90-60-90 metric; 36-24-36 in the US) seems much more likely to launch a thousand ships, like Helen of Troy, than the shape of a bottle of champagne.
Is there a hidden joke here? I am a French speaker and my English is adequate, but there are lots of phrases which I miss.
The full quote is:
[. . .] any loose talk about a beloved having a face that launched a thousand ships would have to be backed by evidence that the object of desire did indeed look like a bottle of champagne.