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    Dear Teachers,

    I am writing to ask the meaning of the following sentences.

    When the emperor died, Wu, and all the other concubines, according to custom, had their heads shaved and entered a Buddhist convent. Here they were expected to "pass the remainder of their lives."
    --What does the "remainder of their lives" mean?

    According to a "hostile tradition", she first met the new emperor in a lavatory where hs as paying ceremonial visit to the convent.
    --What does the "hostile tradition" mean?

    Scuh qualifying words can mean "more than none and less than all."
    --What does the "more than none and less than all" mean?

    Thanks!!!

    Emily

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    Re: Re more than none and less than all

    1- Stay there until they died.

    2- I presume it means a tradition told by enemies.

    3- More than none = more than 0, less than all = under 100%.

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