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I wonder if there is any difference in the meaning between "(1)" and "(2)".
1. Fish can change color. What a trick!(1) Look! It is on the sand.
2. ''Look at that rain, Cat,'' Nan said. ''Why should I go to school on a day like this?
I want to stay home today.'' Nan looked at her bear's paw.
''I know what to do,'' She said. ''Mother! My hand won't go up!'' Nan said.
''My!'' her mother said. ''How high would it go up last night?''
''This high,'' Nan said. She put her hand over her head.
''What a trick!''(2) her mother said. ''Get out of bed right now and go to school!''
To me - there does seem to be a difference in meaning.
In the first example:
The meaning seems to be the speaker is surprised that the fish can do a trick - perform magic - change color. The 'trick' is an actualy feat of magic or something.1. Fish can change color. What a trick!(1) Look! It is on the sand.
In the second example - it appears the mother is chiding Nan for trying to stay home from school when nothing is wrong with her.
I've never heard that particular usage (second example) in AmE, however.
Not a teacher, 53-year-old American.
Ö and thatís my opinion