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    the only moderately/fallen headlong

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    Tonny was known to have a weakness for
    women out of his class; hed married the only moderately
    educated woman he d ever met
    , and when he found one
    a notch higher, he d fallen headlong.

    Does it mean he married the first moderately educated woman he had ever met.

    What does "fallen headlong" mean here?

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    Re: the only moderately/fallen headlong

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Tonny was known to have a weakness for
    women out of his class; he’d married the only moderately
    educated woman he ’d ever met
    , and when he found one
    a notch higher, he ’d fallen headlong.

    Does it mean he married the first moderately educated woman he had ever met.

    What does "fallen headlong" mean here?
    If she was the "only" moderately educated woman he'd ever met, then she must have also been the "first", yes.

    If you "fall headlong/headfirst in love" then it means you fall utterly, completely and hopelessly in love with someone. We also say "to fall head over heels in love". Sometimes, we don't bother to finish the phrase because most people know what it means.

    "I met a guy last week. He's great. I've fallen head over heels!"
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Jun-2011 at 14:44. Reason: Typo

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    Re: the only moderately/fallen headlong

    Hi

    Thanks for the answer.

    By the way "a notch higher" would mean "a bit more educated" or maybe just someone on a higher level?
    Last edited by GUEST2008; 26-Jun-2011 at 15:09.

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    Re: the only moderately/fallen headlong

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    By the way "a notch higher" would mean "a bit more educated"?
    Yes
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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