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    "what do you think"

    Hello, teachers.

    My question is: What does Bunting mean by "what do you think?" in the following passage?

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    "Father, I'm engaged! Aren't you surprised?"

    "Well, what do you think?" said Bunting fondly. Then he turned round and, catching hold of her head, gave her a good, hearty kiss.

    (The Lodger by Marie Bellock Lowndes)
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    Is he saying "what do you think? Of course I am surprised!"? Or is he saying something else? I appreciate your help very much.

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    Re: "what do you think"

    I would say that he meant:
    "Guess whether I am or I am not surprised."
    this is literally what he said. He probably intended to mean "Of course, I am surprised." in a rhetorical way.
    I'm not a teacher and I am not a native speaker.

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    Re: "what do you think"

    Thank you, mmasny, for your comment! Yes, I think what you say makes sense!

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    Re: "what do you think"

    You're welcome

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