Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;
cheersIn the following, the meaning seems reversed for "more darkly". If it describes "to cease being a servant", wouldn't it be more pleasurable?
In this context darkly is used figuratively; I think it means mysterious; it doesn't have much to do with happiness or pleasure.
Does it describe "to stop being a lord"?
I have an impression that in your example there is a missing second as; so the comparative more darkly refers to "it was to cease being a servant".
What I'm saying is you prefer a lord to a servant, so if you get out of the status of servant, you are happier than you are out of lord. I need your clear answer.
ex)....In traditional societies, high status may have been extremely hard to acquire,but it was also comfortingly hard to lose. It was as difficult to stop being a lord as,more darkly, it was to cease being a servant. What mattered was one's identity at birth.....
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