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    Smile meaning

    She didn't beg, and she didn't feel sorry for herself. Selling her mangoes, Elena earned a semblance of a living, and her spirit shone through in the process.
    What is the meaning of the underlined part?

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    Re: meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by chrysanthemum View Post
    She didn't beg, and she didn't feel sorry for herself. Selling her mangoes, Elena earned a semblance of a living, and her spirit shone through in the process.
    What is the meaning of the underlined part?


    ***** NOT A TEACHER / ONLY MY OPINION


    Chrysanthemum,

    (1) I think that "Elena earned a semblance of a living"

    means that she earned a small amount of money, maybe enough to

    pay the rent and buy some food.

    (2) I think that "her spirit shone [past tense of "shine"] through in the

    process" means that while she sold her mangoes, her attitude was one of

    pride and independence, not of self-pity.


    Thank you

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