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    unpakwon is offline Senior Member
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    Default put their heads to one side

    Please help me understand the following in bold.

    1. How was one to write a novel or poem on land reform?...... All put their heads to one side, finally concluding it was an impossible task.

    Is this just saying "all tried to think out a way to write a novel or poem on land reform"?

    2. These tales should not, however, be misread as asserting the moral equality (let alone superiority) of the Russian people. Just as foreigners can be evil, while Koreans can only do it, so it is that only the child race is inherently virtuous; foreigners can at best do the occasional good deed.

    Does this mean in the context "although Koreans can also sometimes be evil"? What is "do it" saying here?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: put their heads to one side

    1. How was one to write a novel or poem on land reform?...... All put their heads to one side, finally concluding it was an impossible task.
    2. These tales should not, however, be misread as asserting the moral equality (let alone superiority) of the Russian people. Just as foreigners can be evil, while Koreans can only do it, so it is that only the child race is inherently virtuous; foreigners can at best do the occasional good deed.


    unpakwon.
    1) This seems to be describing the way we sometimes tilt our head to one side for a few moments while we think about something, or try to reach a decision.
    2) I interpret this as saying: Foreigners can be evil, whereas Koreans can do evil but cannot be inherently evil as people.

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    unpakwon is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: put their heads to one side

    I see.

    Thank you for the answer.

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