I just heard in conversation:

César: Remettons nous au travail. Et plus vite que ça.

Another colleague: Bien sûr, César ! Tout ce qu'elle voudra !

I assume this expression is similar to "à vos ordres". The thing is that one of my colleagues, César, is male through and through, so I wonder why the pronoun "elle" was directed at him, instead of "il"?

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    Is it perhaps a direct quote from a play or something? In English one says (whether sagely or no) "The lady doth protest too much" with fair disregard for context. – Luke Sawczak Nov 13 '17 at 16:46
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    @LukeSawczak Or a song? – Gilles 'SO nous est hostile' Nov 13 '17 at 18:40

The pronoun “elle” may refer to “Sa Majesté” (“His Highness” in English), especially when talking to César!

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  • But....César is his coworker, not actually César. – temporary_user_name Nov 14 '17 at 0:03
  • This may be ironic. What's the context ? – Laurent S. Nov 14 '17 at 0:46

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