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    When Pericles drew to the end of his funeral oration, he finally had a word for the widows of the dead: "If I should say a word on the duties of the wives who will now be widows, I will sum up the whole in a short piece of advice: your great glory is not to fall beneath the nature you have been given, and hers is the greatest glory who is least talked about among the men for praise or for blame."
    What does "hers" refer to in the above passage?

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    Re: hers

    *Not a teacher

    Your glory = yours
    Her glory = hers

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    Re: hers

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    When Pericles drew to the end of his funeral oration, he finally had a word for the widows of the dead: "If I should say a word on the duties of the wives who will now be widows, I will sum up the whole in a short piece of advice: your great glory is not to fall beneath the nature you have been given, and hers is the greatest glory who is least talked about among the men for praise or for blame."
    What does "hers" refer to in the above passage?
    This is some hard reading!

    A: The greatest glory is hers.
    B: Uh, whose? Who has this great glory?
    A: Well, the greatest glory belongs to her, of course.
    B: Who is this "hers"? Who does "her" refer to?
    A: It refers to the unnamed widow who is least talked about about among the men for praise or for blame. That woman has the greatest glory.
    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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    What does "not to fall beneath the nature you have been given" mean?

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    Re: hers

    I have no idea.

    I think -- THINK -- it means that you are a widow now, you've lost your husband, that's the nature you've been given. (That doesn't seem like a nature, though, it seems like a circumstance.)

    They should be noble, which is befitting a widow of a fallen warrior.
    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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