- For Teachers
Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance":
"And we are now men, and must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny; and not pinched in a corner, not cowards fleeing before a revolution, but redeemers and benefactors, pious aspirants to be noble clay plastic under the Almighty effort, let us advance and advance on Chaos and the Dark. What pretty oracles nature yields us on this text in the face and behavior of children, babes and even brutes."...
Longer excerpt but in order to bring more of the context. Now, what's going on in the bold-faced fragment...? I believe I understand the meanings of all the words (unless I'm wrong about it ) and it looks to me like there are two subjects: 1. "oracles" (in plural) and 2. "nature" (in singular). It also seems that the second one counts because the verb - yields - comes with "-s" (3rd person sing.). If so, what that "oracles" does there, and then what that whole sentence would precisely mean, if said in other words?
The subject is 'nature', and the object is 'oracles'.
It's still possible to use this word order today:
What big teeth you have, Grandma.
What a pretty dress she is wearing.
I'm giving up, now! It's so simple and obvious now!!! Why haven't I seen it before? Maybe due to a few hours of constant reading in foreign language... I find it making me worse than better... Great thanks.
You know, in fact I don't even find it difficult right now; after all we (Poles) do use actually quite the same grammatical structure in similar cases. So it was just that I somehow got totally blind on it! Or maybe have never seen the light before, there... I noticed similar phenomena happened to me occasionally and it made me feel pretty embarrassed in the face of the whole forum to ask so stupid question but then I found it probably be a part of the learning process... You just need sort of "enlightenment" sometime and then you go on until... next time you go again completely numb in a simple case.
I'd interpret is as surrender- little dictionaries won't break them down and force them to give their meaning- only a big or specialist dictionary is strong enough to do that.
Ok. ... Not an easy sequence to follow to me... But thanks anyway.