Re: take up thy bed and walk
I thought you were looking for different connotations to the whole story, rather than just the phrasal verb "to take up". I was not suggesting that you were ignorant at all!
Originally Posted by tara
I'm a little confused by the example you gave involving your American friend. The phrase "for what" doesn't give that sentence any particular tone. In fact "I saw my life for what it was" isn't necessarily negative. I can see that it would be in certain contexts but I can also imagine perhaps an arrogant, thoughtless millionaire who had recently visited a village in a third world country suddenly say "I saw my life for what it was" (ie he realised that he was a very lucky, fortunate, rich man who could have everything he wanted, so he saw his life for the privileged life it was.)
Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.