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    vil is offline VIP Member
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    the stone cutter carves over his bones

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Although schoolmistresses' letters are to be trusted no more nor less than churchyard epitaphs; yet, as it sometimes happens that a person departs this life who is really deserving of all the praises the stone cutter carves over his bones; who IS a good Christian, a good parent, child, wife, or husband; who actually DOES leave a disconsolate family to mourn his loss;

    over his bones = over his mortal remains/honored dust

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Rover_KE is offline Moderator
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    Re: the stone cutter carves over his bones

    Yes.

    They are the words carved on his tombstone.

    Rover

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