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    have too much surpluses

    Dear teachers,

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

    He got up and headed for the exit cautious gait person to confess that he had too much surpluses.

    have too much surpluses = go too far; carry it too far; go to extremes; go it too strong; put it on too thick

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: have too much surpluses

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

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

    He got up and headed for the exit cautious gait person to confess that he had too much surpluses.

    have too much surpluses = go too far; carry it too far; go to extremes; go it too strong; put it on too thick
    V
    Don't know where you got that one from, vil. surpluses is singular and shouldn't be preceded by much. Without more context, I have no idea what it means, anyway. Equally, I don't know what is meant by exit cautious gait person. Did you copy this correctly?

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    Re: have too much surpluses

    He got up and headed for the exit cautious gait person to confess that he had too much surpluses.
    This is nonsense, Vil.

    Please transcribe it more carefully and tell us where it came from.

    Rover
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    Re: have too much surpluses

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

    Thomas Hardy , 1886 - chapter 1

    Clutching his right hand for the sailor's hand and placing the girl on the left hand, she sobbed bitterly, left the tent.
    Dull, careworn expression appeared on his face her husband as if he did not foresee such an end, some of the guests laughed.
    - Gone is she? - He asked.
    - She's gone, no trace of! - Responded to the guys who were sitting near the door.
    He got up and headed for the exit cautious gait person to confess that he had too much surpluses. Several people followed him and stood in the doorway, peering into the dusk. Here are particularly apparent difference between the peaceful serenity of nature and the deliberate malice of man. What a contrast to a brutal scene, only that broke out in a tent, is the form of several horses, which are gently rubbed each other's necks, patiently waiting for them harnessed and hunt for the return journey!

    Here is another version of the same passage:
    A stolid look of concern filled the husband's face, as if, after all, he had not quite anticipated this ending; and some of the guests laughed.
    "Is she gone?" he said.
    "Faith, ay! she's gone clane enough," said some rustics near the door.
    He rose and walked to the entrance with the careful tread of one conscious of his alcoholic load. Some others followed, and they stood looking into the twilight. The difference between the peacefulness of inferior nature and the wilful hostilities of mankind was very apparent at this place. In contrast with the harshness of the act just ended within the tent was the sight of several horses crossing their necks and rubbing each other lovingly as they waited in patience to be harnessed for the homeward journey.
    Last edited by vil; 25-Oct-2010 at 07:27.

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    Re: have too much surpluses

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    The Mayor of Casterbridge

    Thomas Hardy , 1886 - chapter 1

    Clutching his right hand for the sailor's hand and placing the girl on the left hand, she sobbed bitterly, left the tent.
    Dull, careworn expression appeared on his face her husband as if he did not foresee such an end, some of the guests laughed.
    - Gone is she? - He asked.
    - She's gone, no trace of! - Responded to the guys who were sitting near the door.
    He got up and headed for the exit cautious gait person to confess that he had too much surpluses. Several people followed him and stood in the doorway, peering into the dusk. Here are particularly apparent difference between the peaceful serenity of nature and the deliberate malice of man. What a contrast to a brutal scene, only that broke out in a tent, is the form of several horses, which are gently rubbed each other's necks, patiently waiting for them harnessed and hunt for the return journey!

    Here is another version of the same passage:
    A stolid look of concern filled the husband's face, as if, after all, he had not quite anticipated this ending; and some of the guests laughed.
    "Is she gone?" he said.
    "Faith, ay! she's gone clane enough," said some rustics near the door.
    He rose and walked to the entrance with the careful tread of one conscious of his alcoholic load. Some others followed, and they stood looking into the twilight. The difference between the peacefulness of inferior nature and the wilful hostilities of mankind was very apparent at this place. In contrast with the harshness of the act just ended within the tent was the sight of several horses crossing their necks and rubbing each other lovingly as they waited in patience to be harnessed for the homeward journey.
    The second of these is the one you should be working on. It seems to be the original. The first appears to be an appalling translation into English of some version that had been translated into another language.

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