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    #1

    a beast of burden

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    With all her mother’s soul she wanted to protect Hugh from a world she was sure would treat him always as a beast of burden.

    a beast of burden = a pack animal

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    Re: a beast of burden

    Not a teacher only a native.

    Yes, beast of burden often refers to pack animals. I find it comes up in crosswords a lot. For example 'Andean beast of burden' would be a llama. Or 'desert beast of burden' would be a camel.

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    #3

    Re: a beast of burden

    And it seems to have a literary usage.

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