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    Default Explain a line in the beggar's opera

    Could somebody explain the sentence I came across in the beggar's opera:

    "Well I should hope, madam, that I had not been upon the town so long but I had not met with some good fortune as well as my neighbors."

    the "hope that...but...had not..." makes it confusing to me.

    thanks.

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    Default Re: Explain a line in the beggar's opera

    The person means that they would hope not to be there long without meeting their neighbours and enjoying some good fortune.

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    Default Re: Explain a line in the beggar's opera

    thanks a lot, tdol.

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