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    The sentences (sorry, a bit long)

    I took university to be more or less a continuation of school, and professors to be the next level up of a schoolmaster, people who lived their lives in closed institutions devoting all their working energies to the same sort of subjects as were pursued in school classrooms: Latin, Greek, history, geography--I found these subjects easy to "do", but had never seen much point in doing them. What seemed to me to penetrate life to the core--and therefore to be, ultimately, what living is for, in addition to relationship with other people--was the creation and absorption of works of art.

    This, then, was my general standpoint when I was a teenager; and looking at life from this position I was unable to understand people who were interested in academic pursuits. It seemed to me there must be something drastically limited about them, for only people to whom all these things meant little or nothing could imagine that what went on in classrooms and lecture halls was the stuff of life.


    Question: What does "these things" refer to? IMO, it refers to "works of art", but I think it's kind of distant to be referred to by "these". Plus, it's in a different paragraph. Is it possible for "these" to refer to such a distant thing? Is it possible for "these" to point to words in a different paragraph?

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    Mike?

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    This (the creation and absorption of works of art), then, was my general standpoint when I was a teenager; and looking at life from this position I was unable to understand people who were interested in academic pursuits. It seemed to me there must be something drastically limited about them, for only people to whom all these things (i.e. the ever present "things" relating to and resulting from the creation and absorption of works of art meant little or nothing could imagine that what went on in classrooms and lecture halls was the stuff of life.[/i]

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    Hmm... :? OK, what do you think, Mike sensei?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Hmm... :? OK, what do you think, Mike sensei?
    Thanks, Taka.

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    Nothing comes between Taka and her Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
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    Hmm... :? OK, what do you think, Mike sensei?
    Thanks, Taka.
    No disrespect intended, Cas. It's just that I just need as much advice as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Nothing comes between Taka and her Mike.

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    To tell you the truth, I'm male. And I'm not one of those kind of people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
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    Hmm... :? OK, what do you think, Mike sensei?
    Thanks, Taka.
    I would rather like to receive your comments on this one, Cas:

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/vi...6&start=20

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    And I'm not one of those kind of people
    Damn, you've ruined my day. :wink:

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