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    about that she is very secretive

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    A certain man talks to a certain lady about his sister. He says that she is strange and that she didn't make a cereer as an archeologist. And the woman asks him why is she strange, what happened to her, did she fall ill and that's why she didn't make a career. He replied:

    Frankly, no. That came later (her illness).On one of her expeditions something went wrong – I tell you this in confidence; we suspected an unhappy love affair. She returned home completely changed and has lived in virtual retirement
    ever since. She reads a great deal and, I think, writes a little: About that she is very secretive. She may very well
    “take to” you; she and Mrs Westleton had nothing in common, which was a pity for them both.

    Is he trying to say that she writes about her being secretive?

    Does "in common" here mean that they had no common interests? And because of that they both were sorry about it?
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    Re: about that she is very secretive

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    A certain man talks to a certain lady about his sister. He says that she is strange and that she didn't make a cereer as an archeologist. And the woman asks him why is she strange, what happened to her, did she fall ill and that's why she didn't make a career. He replied:

    Frankly, no. That came later (her illness).On one of her expeditions something went wrong – I tell you this in confidence; we suspected an unhappy love affair. She returned home completely changed and has lived in virtual retirement
    ever since. She reads a great deal and, I think, writes a little: About that she is very secretive. She may very well
    “take to” you; she and Mrs Westleton had nothing in common, which was a pity for them both.

    Is he trying to say that she writes about her being secretive? No. He is saying that she is very secretive about the fact that she writes.

    Does "in common" here mean that they had no common interests? Yes. And because of that they both were sorry about it? No. He is the one who is sorry that they had no common interests and feels that it is unfortunate that neither one benefited from their introduction or meeting.
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    Re: about that she is very secretive

    So she was trying to hide the fact that she was writing?

    So "which was a pity" refers to the speaker? I felt pity for them both?

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    Re: about that she is very secretive

    Yes to both questions.

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    Re: about that she is very secretive

    It means she is secretive about her writing (what she writes)
    Nothing in common means they dont share many interests.
    What a pity for them both means they were both disadvantaged by the fact they had no common interests. You could say "which was a shame for both of them" or in American English - "it sucked for both of them".

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    Re: about that she is very secretive

    Quote Originally Posted by GUS22 View Post
    It means she is secretive about her writing (what she writes)
    Nothing in common means they dont share many interests.
    What a pity for them both means they were both disadvantaged by the fact they had no common interests. You could say "which was a shame for both of them" or in American English slang- "it sucked for both of them".
    Gus, this post could be misleading. Coming from a native speaker, some learners could conclude that "it sucked" is standard AmE.
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