"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 very much, Harry.
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.
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
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?
What is the book?
"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.
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)
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