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    Question "This is Surrey. No-one minds."Why?

    Miranda's mother suggests that Miranda could consider the option of marrying her cousin which Miranda drastically refuses.And her mother says,"This is Surrey. No-one minds."Does Surrey as a county or something particularly approve of marriage of close relatives ?Or something else?Any help will be much appreciated.

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    Default Re: "This is Surrey. No-one minds."Why?

    She seems to be saying that anything goes in Surrey.

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    Default Re: "This is Surrey. No-one minds."Why?

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    She seems to be saying that anything goes in Surrey.
    Just silliness again. I can't honestly see any humour in it.

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    Default Re: "This is Surrey. No-one minds."Why?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Just silliness again. I can't honestly see any humour in it.
    I agree. I think it's time I stopped responding to questions about Miranda.

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    Default Re: "This is Surrey. No-one minds."Why?

    Quote Originally Posted by on the way View Post
    Miranda's mother suggests that Miranda could consider the option of marrying her cousin which Miranda drastically refuses.And her mother says,"This is Surrey. No-one minds."Does Surrey as a county or something particularly approve of marriage of close relatives ?Or something else?Any help will be much appreciated.
    It's talking about in-breeding among what is called 'the county set' - the upper-middle classes who live in 'the stockbroker belt' - far enough from London to keep horses but close enough to commute. Society there is limited; people in her mother's day just didn't mix with 'the lower classes', so their morality had to be flexible when it came to finding a suitable mate.

    Incidentally, 'drastically' doesn't collocate with 'refuse'. You could say 'fervently/vehemently/strenuously... refuses'. In this context you could also use the adjective 'adamant': 'she was adamant that she would never marry him'; (but I haven't ever met an adverb formed from 'adamant' - which means something like 'firm/stubborn/obdurate/unswerving....', so you've got to fiddle with the grammar a bit.)

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