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    Cool working her claim

    What may mean "working her claim" in the following sentence:

    "A former New York society woman who reinvents herself by working her claim, adopting an orphan girl and falling for a man."?

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    Thanks for assistance

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    Re: working her claim

    If she moved "out West" in the early years when the US was still being settled, she could have been given/purchased "a claim" which means ownership or rights to a plot of land or even possibly mineral rights (for mining).

    This era of history is not my strongest, but the overall meaning is that she did hard, honest work.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: working her claim

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    What may mean "working her claim" in the following sentence:

    "A former New York society woman who reinvents herself by working her claim, adopting an orphan girl and falling for a man."?

    No more information available.

    Thanks for assistance
    Bushwhacker, there are a couple of key words in the sentence that we might be able to build upon: "former" and "reinvents".

    "A former New York society woman" indicates that she, for reasons unspecified, had fallen out of favor with the elite citizens of NY. As a result, she feels that she needs to do something noteworthy to re-claim her position as a 'society woman'. So, she 're-invents herself' (does something noteworthy) by adopting an orphan girl and falling for a man (who is probably wealthy and well-known in 'high-society' circles). By doing these noteworthy activities she thinks she will be able to re-claim her status as a 'society woman'. In essence, she is 'working her claim'... to re-establish her elite status.

    Does this explanation help?

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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    Re: working her claim

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Bushwhacker, there are a couple of key words in the sentence that we might be able to build upon: "former" and "reinvents".

    "A former New York society woman" indicates that she, for reasons unspecified, had fallen out of favor with the elite citizens of NY. As a result, she feels that she needs to do something noteworthy to re-claim her position as a 'society woman'. So, she 're-invents herself' (does something noteworthy) by adopting an orphan girl and falling for a man (who is probably wealthy and well-known in 'high-society' circles). By doing these noteworthy activities she thinks she will be able to re-claim her status as a 'society woman'. In essence, she is 'working her claim'... to re-establish her elite status.

    Does this explanation help?

    Cheers,
    Amigo
    Or, compaņero, she could have decided she wanted nothing more to do with them. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Or, compaņero, she could have decided she wanted nothing more to do with them. ;)
    You could be correct, konungursvia! The original sentence is ambiguous, isn't it?

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    #6

    Re: working her claim

    It is!

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    #7

    Cool Re: working her claim

    Maybe it would help if I add (I've got the information later) that this line is referring to a series titled Deadwood. I haven't seen any chapter of it -in fact, I was totally unaware of-, and the text I'm reading talks about other subjects. The sentence I've given is the sole mention. It seems it is referring to a character of this series.

    Does it help for more concretion?

    I regret any inconvenience the ambiguity may have caused.

    Thank You for your interest
    Last edited by Bushwhacker; 11-Nov-2009 at 22:59.

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    Re: working her claim

    Then I'm more confident in my suggestion that it is about a mining claim. She is mining (for gold or other precious metals).
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    Then I'm more confident in my suggestion that it is about a mining claim. She is mining (for gold or other precious metals).
    Nice play, Barb! Adding more context to the original sentence certainly helped!

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    #10

    Re: working her claim

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Adding more context to the original sentence certainly helped!
    It always does!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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