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    #1

    Smile not even to herself

    Hello. I don't quite follow what 'not even to herself' means in this context below.
    Please help! Thank you.


    (Here "she" is the Little Match Girl.)

    If someone had looked carefully at her, they might have thought
    under the grime and misery
    great beauty resided.
    But no one looked carefully at her.
    No one noticed her at all.
    She was of no matter, not even to herself.

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    Re: not even to herself

    (Not a Teacher)

    It means she doesn't see herself as important either.

    If you want to get rid of "not even to":
    She was of no matter to anyone, including herself.

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