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    please help me with this sentence!

    Here is a passage from a fiction:

    "1. Dancer coulden't have been more astonished if Aaron had told him he was a cross-dresser. 2. He was sure the impossibility of legalising Piggy's plan would be the centre of Aaron's concern; 3. he would not want the practice anywhere near it."

    (Both Dancer and Aaron are lawyers; Aaron has said something that Dancer would never expect to hear from Aaron.)

    My question:
    What do the underlined part mean?
    Who does the "he" in the 3rd part reffer to? Dancer or Aaron?
    Are 2 & 3 saying that Dancer believes the only thing Aaron cares is to see Piggy's plan failing to be legalised?

    Many, many thanks!


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    Re: please help me with this sentence!

    Quote Originally Posted by iemmahu View Post
    Here is a passage from a fiction:

    "1. Dancer coulden't have been more astonished if Aaron had told him he was a cross-dresser. 2. He was sure the impossibility of legalising Piggy's plan would be the centre of Aaron's concern; 3. he would not want the practice anywhere near it."

    (Both Dancer and Aaron are lawyers; Aaron has said something that Dancer would never expect to hear from Aaron.)

    My question:
    What do the underlined part mean?
    Who does the "he" in the 3rd part reffer to? Dancer or Aaron?
    Are 2 & 3 saying that Dancer believes the only thing Aaron cares is to see Piggy's plan failing to be legalised?

    Many, many thanks!
    2. He
    Dancer

    was sure
    was sure that, was positive that

    the impossibility of legalising Piggy's plan
    this impossible task (to legalize Piggy's plan was impossible)
    this outrageous task

    would be the centre of Aaron's concern;
    would be all that Aaron was concerned about,
    would be the only thing that would matter to Aaron


    3. he
    Dancer, I think

    would not want the practice anywhere near it."
    did not want the law firm to have anything to do with it.

    ---------------------------

    There is not enough information to decide if the expression "the center of Aaron's concern" means that Aaron hopes it does not become legalized or that he wants it to become legalized.

    I read it the first time as meaning that
    - Aaron was bound and determined to try to get Piggy's plan
    - (as impossible as it is!)
    - legalized,
    - and that Aaron's desire is upsetting to Dancer,
    - who does not want his law practice involved
    - in a campaign to promote this awful legislation.

    But since I don't know anything about the story, it is entirely possible that I based this on incorrect assumptions.

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