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    enough and to spare

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I’ve chosen the proper meaning of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    And am I always look like a hind when we have enough and to spare? (P. S. Buck, “The Good Earth”)

    And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare,and I perish with hunger!

    enough and to spare = abundantly, more than enough

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: enough and to spare

    Yes, but I don't understand the "am I always look like a hind". Are you sure you've got that right?

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    Re: enough and to spare

    She wept like a hind in despair when she saw her form mirrored in the brook.

    1. hind = a female deer, especially an adult female red deer


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    2. hind = servant, country folk, yokel, lout, rustic, boor, bumpkin, clodhopper, haw buck, hick

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    Re: enough and to spare

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    She wept like a hind in despair when she saw her form mirrored in the brook.
    OK, that's fine. 'Am I always look like a hind' is not.

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    Re: enough and to spare

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    And am I always look like a hind when we have enough and to spare? (P. S. Buck, “The Good Earth”)
    "And am I always look like a hind when" or "And do I always look like a hind when" or
    "And am I always looking like a hind when" maybe.

    Thanks

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    #6

    Re: enough and to spare

    Ah, I didn't see there had been some answers already.

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    Re: enough and to spare

    Here is my laical interpretation of the original sentence from “The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck (FREE The Good Earth Book Notes Summary | Pearl S. Buck | BookRags.com)

    And am I always look like a hind when we have enough and to spare?

    Should I always look like a servant when I am a rich man in point of fact?

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    #8

    Re: enough and to spare

    Vil, it would make life a lot simpler if you checked your quotation, as I suggested in post #2.

    It's actually “And am I always to look like a hind when we have enough and to spare?”

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