"Defeat is bitter. There is no use in trying to
explain defeat. People do not like defeat
and they do not like the explanations,
however elaborate or plausible, which are
given of them."
Q: What does "them" stand for? Thanks.
But now that I reread it, it hurts my brain. Is he treating "defeat" as plural? Or is "explanations given of them" (to refer back to explanations) something meaningful in BrE?
Not: explanations of/for explanations, but:
ex-plan-a-tions of de-feat or
ex-plan-a-tions for de-feat.
These (ex-plan-a-tions) are giv-en to peo-ple.
The peo-ple do not like t-h-e-m (the ex-plan-a-tions)..