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    honestly blind

    What's a meaning of

    honestly blind

    the whole phrase is : With your good sense to be honestly blind to the follies and nonsense of others.

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    Re: honestly blind

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrzej's View Post
    What's a meaning of

    honestly blind

    the whole phrase is : With your good sense to be honestly blind to the follies and nonsense of others.
    Context would help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Context would help.
    below the larger context of "honestly blind". I'm still focusing on the meaning of it:

    " Oh! you are a great deal too apt, you know, to like people in general. You never see a fault in anybody. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. I never heard you speak ill of a human being in your life."
    " I would not wish to be hasty in censuring anyone; but I always speak what I think."
    " I know you do; and it is that which makes the wonder. With your good sense, to be so honestly blind to the folies and nonsense of others! Affectation of candour is common enough - one meets with it everywhere. But to be candid without ostentation or design-to take the good of everybody's character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad-belongs to you alone. And so you like this man's sisters, too, do you? Their manners are not equal to his."

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    Re: honestly blind

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Thanks for your efforts.
    To be honestly blind to the faults, etcetera, of others is to genuinely not notice them.

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    Re: honestly blind

    It's not 'honestly blind'; it's '(honestly/genuinely really) blind-to-the-follies ...'.

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    Re: honestly blind

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    To be honestly blind to the faults, etcetera, of others is to genuinely not notice them.

    I so happy to get this explanation. Now, I see that at first sight it could seem blindingly obvious. Thanks again!

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