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    Red face the consequence he was wounding

    "His sense of her inferiority - of its being a degradation- of the family obstacles which judgment had always opposed to inclination, were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding, but was very unlikely to recommend his suit "

    I don't understand the "a warmth due to the consequence he was wounding" part. Would someone here be so kind to explain what this archaic English means please. Thanks a lot.
    Last edited by nonEnglish; 21-Sep-2005 at 20:27.

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    Default Re: the consequence he was wounding

    I think it means that he is hurt by the things that are burdening him and making it difficult for him to love her freely.

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    Default Re: the consequence he was wounding

    tdol, thanks for your response. Inspired by your interpretation and after some further thought, I am guessing "a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding" means "an intense emotion seemed to have resulted from hurting his own importance in rank/position (degrading himself)"

    Does that sound right to you?

    In case you wonder, I saw this antiquated sentense in a Jane Austen's book.
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    Default Re: the consequence he was wounding

    I looked at the context and that is what I thought. He's going on about the difficulties her station in life causes, depsite which he still loves her, so I interpreted it in much the same way.

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