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    Dear teachers,

    Recently I read an quote of the British Scholar and Novelist .S.Lewis namely “It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”

    Would you be kind enough explain to me the meaning of the expression in bold? Presumambly it could be close to “it is most unlikely” or “it is hardly likely to come”.

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    Default Re: it would be a jolly sight harder

    I'm not a teacher, but I assume that "a jolly good sight" means "a little bit", "slightly" or even "way".

    it would be a bit harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg.
    it would be slightly harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg.
    it would be way harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg.

    I think the author is using a humorous or sarcastic tone, hence the use of "jolly sight harder" when it is merely impossible "to learn to fly while remaining an egg."

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    Default Re: it would be a jolly sight harder

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Recently I read an quote of the British Scholar and Novelist .S.Lewis namely “It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”

    Would you be kind enough explain to me the meaning of the expression in bold? Presumambly it could be close to “it is most unlikely” or “it is hardly likely to come”.

    Regards.

    V.
    HI,
    Jolly means very.
    A sight means much.
    A jolly sight means very much.

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    Default Re: it would be a jolly sight harder

    Hi Kraken,

    Thank you for your kind reply. It is very kind of you to share your opinion concerning the matter in question. I agree principle that the author depicts a hypothetical paradoxical situation.

    Thank you again for your backing.

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    Default Re: it would be a jolly sight harder

    Hi Banderas,

    Thank you for your prompt, brief and clear reply.

    Recently I found the meaning of the word "jolly" namely jolly = sehr (German)= very (English), which confirms your interpretation in your post above. There are for example the following usages: “jolly well” or “jolly good friend”.

    Thank you again for your kindness.

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