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    liaison and marriage

    "Before Fanny met him, he had contracted a disastrous liaison and marriage."
    Is this 'liaison and marriage' one and the same thing? Oh, it's impossible, right?
    1. He had been married and flirting?
    2. He had had such relationships at different times with different women?
    3. Any other?
    Thank you.

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    Re: liaison and marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Itasan View Post
    "Before Fanny met him, he had contracted a disastrous liaison and marriage."
    Is this 'liaison and marriage' one and the same thing? Oh, it's impossible, right?
    1. He had been married and flirting?
    2. He had had such relationships at different times with different women?
    3. Any other?
    Thank you.
    He had been married and had had love matters with different women.


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    Re: liaison and marriage

    Thank you very much, Harry.

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    Re: liaison and marriage

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    Thank you very much, Harry.
    You are most welcome!


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    #5

    Re: liaison and marriage

    My reading of this is different - but without context it is not a clear-cut sentence.

    I would say that if this is a 19th century book, the male character had become involved with an unsuitable woman and has had to marry her for social reasons.


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    #6

    Re: liaison and marriage

    I see. So what is imagined here is this, right?
    He had particular relations with a woman and
    married (had to marry) her. But the whole thing
    was disastrous.
    The sentence doesn't say about the relationship
    between Fanny and him. But it is imagined that
    Fanny and he are getting married (or maybe they
    are married already), right?


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    Re: liaison and marriage

    What is the book?

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    #8

    Re: liaison and marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Itasan View Post
    I see. So what is imagined here is this, right?
    He had particular relations with a woman and
    married (had to marry) her. But the whole thing
    was disastrous.
    The sentence doesn't say about the relationship
    between Fanny and him. But it is imagined that
    Fanny and he are getting married (or maybe they
    are married already), right?
    Re:
    "Before Fanny met him, he had contracted a disastrous liaison and marriage."
    What the sentence says to me is that the gentleman in question had been married (disastrously) and that when he met Fanny he was no longer married. It doesn't suggest anything about his relationship with Fanny.

    ~R


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    #9

    Re: liaison and marriage

    Thank you very much, everybody.
    >>What is the book?<<
    I took it from an Oxford dictionary, but
    the original source might be: Fanny Hill: Memoirs of Woman of Pleasure (1748)
    Last edited by RonBee; 15-Jul-2007 at 03:36. Reason: "fix" italics

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