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    Hello, teachers.
    Would you help me understand a sentence in the following quote?

    Agent and bailiff leaned back in the tonneau of their motor-car, half an hour later, with immense cigars in their mouths and a pleasant, rippling warmth in their veins. They had the sense of having drifted into fairyland. Their philosophy, however, met the situation.
    "It's a fair miracle," Mr. Lees declared.
    "A modern romance," Mr. Johnson, who read novels, murmured.
    (The Great Impersonation, by E. Phillips Oppenheim)

    I can't make head or tail of "their philosophy, however, met the situation" part. What does "philosophy" here mean, and what does "met" mean in this context? I appreciate your help very much.

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    Re: interpretation

    Philosophy here means their world-view, the way they look at the world and react to whatever happens to them.

    "To meet" the situation means "to be suitable for" or "not to confict with" the situation.

    In other words, though Lees and Johnson thought they had entered a fantasy world ("fairyland"), they didn't panic or feel uncomfortable; the way they looked at the world helped them take it all in stride.

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    Re: interpretation

    Thank you, abaka. Your explanation is clear.

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