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    more darkly for servants?

    In the following, the meaning seems reversed for "more darkly". If it describes "to cease being a servant", wouldn't it be more pleasurable? Does it describe "to stop being a lord"? 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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    Re: more darkly for servants?

    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    In 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.....
    cheers

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    Re: more darkly for servants?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
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    cheers
    The answer doesn't seem clear to me, why is it mysterious? I mean stop being a servant or a lord, is it mysterious? What do you think is mysterious?

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