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    competent administrator

    "Alhough successful administrative officer, she was a bit rigid, I suppose. After all, Ministry circulars haven't even force of law, so there's no sense in treating them as if they are personally dictated by God Almighty. I doubt whether Miss Bolam would have got much further. Mind you, she was competent, methodical, and highly conscientious officer."
    Can anyone help me with the highlighted sentence from P.D. James' A Mind to Kill?

    Thanks.

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    Re: competent administrator

    Quote Originally Posted by blueeye View Post
    "Alhough successful administrative officer, she was a bit rigid, I suppose. After all, Ministry circulars haven't even force of law, so there's no sense in treating them as if they are personally dictated by God Almighty. I doubt whether Miss Bolam would have got much further. Mind you, she was competent, methodical, and highly conscientious officer."
    Can anyone help me with the highlighted sentence from P.D. James' A Mind to Kill?

    Thanks.
    The speaker is saying that he doesn't think Miss Bolam would have advanced much more in her career. (I presume she's dead?)

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