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    a square thing

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    I have done the square thing by my pard – my pard, that always treated me white. (E. Seton-Thomson, “Lobo: the King of Currumpaw and other Stories”)

    a square thing = loyal act, loyal proceeding

    Last edited by vil; 07-Aug-2011 at 13:01.

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    Re: a square thing

    I think you're on the right track, though I have my doubts that the quote is a bit of a caricature (white/right).

    To square can mean to reciprocate or repay, so being "square" can mean "even" or "equal"; therefore, doing the square thing can mean the appropriate thing to repay some debt of gratitude.

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