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    #1

    Could she not spare it?

    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?

    She insisted upon Rebecca accepting the white carnelian and the turquoise rings, and a sweet sprigged muslin, which was too small for her now, though it would fit her friend to a nicety; and she determined in her heart to ask her mother's permission to present her white Cashmere shawl to her friend. Could she not spare it?

    Could she not spare it? = Could she not do without it?

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 01-Aug-2010 at 09:38.

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    #2

    Re: Could she not spare it?

    Yes. You're right, Vil.

    Rover

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