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    the observed of all observers

    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?

    I mount upon the bridge, the observed of all observers.

    the observed of all observer = in the full glare of publicity

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Exclamation Re: the observed of all observers

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    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?

    I mount upon the bridge, the observed of all observers.

    the observed of all observer = in the full glare of publicity=that which can be observed by all

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V
    I think, you mean right.

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    Re: the observed of all observers

    Is this a quote? To me, it would work better if it were 'the most observed' or something, which is why I ask if it's a quote because it has a dated feel- it makes prefect sense but doesn't click with me.

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    Re: the observed of all observers

    I'm sorry, but much to my regret, the sentence in question is not a quote.
    It's from Stevenson's "The Wrecker".

    The very essence of the key phrase "the observer of all observers" is a Shakespearean's figure of speech.

    Ophelia: O, what a noble mind is here overthrown!
    The courtier's, soldier's eye, tongue, sword;
    The expectancy and r'ose of the fare state,
    The glass of fashion and the mould of form,
    The observed of all observers - quite, quite down.

    Here is another example for its usage:

    His striking figure was the observed of all observers in London at the Jubilee of 1897. (from Trevetyan's "British History in the Nineteen Century".

    V.

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