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    Default a family name that betrays?

    Read this from Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire:
    "de Nevada, the father's family name, betraying his own humble status in the outlands of Aragon, but pertinent here: of the snowy slopes."
    Betraying his status in Aragon but pertinent here? Snowy slopes?
    I am completely lost about what it's talking about...

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    Default Re: a family name that betrays?

    Quote Originally Posted by KuaiLe
    Read this from Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire:
    "de Nevada, the father's family name, betraying his own humble status in the outlands of Aragon, but pertinent here: of the snowy slopes."
    Betraying his status in Aragon but pertinent here? Snowy slopes?
    I am completely lost about what it's talking about...
    'Betraying' in this context is just a way of saying 'indicating' or 'pointing to'. His father's family name, 'de Nevada' is Spanish for 'of the snowy region', and Aragon is a province in Spain known for its snowy hills, so the author is saying that his father's name indicates his origins in a snowy region of Spain.

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    Default Re: a family name that betrays?

    Thanks for your reply. Now I understand.
    Last edited by KuaiLe; 15-Jun-2006 at 08:13.

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