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    In the following paragraph:

    Half a century ago, a young social psychologist named Leon Festinger and two associates infiltrated a group of people who believed the world end on December 21. They wanted to know what would happed to the group when (they hoped!) the prophecy failed. The group's leader, whom the researchers called Marian Keech, promised that the faithful would be picked up by a flying saucer and elevated to safety at midnight on December 20. Many of her followers quit their jobs, gave away their homes, and dispersed their savings, waiting for the end. Who needs money in outer space? Others waited in fear or resignation in their homes. (Mrs. Keech's own husband, a nonbeliever, went to bed early and slept soundly through the night as his wife and her followers prayed in the living room.) Festinger made his own prediction: The believers who had not made a strong commitment to the prophecyـــــwho awaited the end of the world by themselves at home, hoping they weren't going to die at midnightـــــwould quietly lose their faith in Mrs.Keech. But those who had given away their possessions and were waiting with the others for the spaceship would increase their belief in her mystical abilities. In fact, they would now do everything they could to get others to join them.

    Does the word "quietly" here mean "slowly" , "gradually" or "calmly" ?

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    Yes - they stayed home and waited. If the "end" did not come, they would just go on with their lives, not willing to follow her again.

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    Sir , you didn't understand my question, I am asking:
    Does quietly here mean "gradually" or does it mean "calmly"

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    Quote Originally Posted by libebcnofne View Post
    In the following paragraph:

    Half a century ago, a young social psychologist named Leon Festinger and two associates infiltrated a group of people who believed the world end on December 21. They wanted to know what would happed to the group when (they hoped!) the prophecy failed. The group's leader, whom the researchers called Marian Keech, promised that the faithful would be picked up by a flying saucer and elevated to safety at midnight on December 20. Many of her followers quit their jobs, gave away their homes, and dispersed their savings, waiting for the end. Who needs money in outer space? Others waited in fear or resignation in their homes. (Mrs. Keech's own husband, a nonbeliever, went to bed early and slept soundly through the night as his wife and her followers prayed in the living room.) Festinger made his own prediction: The believers who had not made a strong commitment to the prophecyـــــwho awaited the end of the world by themselves at home, hoping they weren't going to die at midnightـــــwould quietly lose their faith in Mrs.Keech. But those who had given away their possessions and were waiting with the others for the spaceship would increase their belief in her mystical abilities. In fact, they would now do everything they could to get others to join them.

    Does the word "quietly" here mean "slowly" , "gradually" or "calmly" ?

    thank you
    Here are the meanings of the word "quiet" that I found in my online dictionary. As you see, they are done for an adjective but as a adverb, quietly, it carries the same meanings.
    ADJECTIVE:


    Making little or no noise: quiet neighbors; a quiet engine.
    1. Free of loud noise; hushed: a quiet street.
    2. Calm and unmoving; still: a quiet lake.
    3. Free of turmoil and agitation; untroubled. See Synonyms at still 1.
    4. Restful; soothing: a quiet afternoon nap; a quiet tune on the flute.
    5. Tranquil; serene: a quiet place in the country.
    6. Not showy or garish; subdued: a room decorated in quiet colors.
    7. Restrained in style; understated: a quiet strength; a quiet life.
    NOUN:

    The quality or condition of being quiet: "A menacing quiet fills the empty streets" (Time).

    I believe that in the text you suggested the word carries the 3rd meaning: Free of turmoil and agitation. And, at the same time, it's calmly as well. They would just leave the group without a word, quietly.

    I am not a teacher of English.
    Last edited by NanetteDee; 23-Sep-2008 at 04:25. Reason: forgetfulness

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