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    #1

    "..., without it is to see to a few little..." :-(

    Guys, I'm back again. I'm sorry, I know, I know, this is not good, but you know, I'm afraid I'm totally lost without you... So either you are about to suffer me, or to ban me; either of the two...

    But for the time being I'm going to take my chance and bring you some delicacy form "An Indian's Looking-Glass for the White Man" of William Apess. At some point the author lists a few causes to be blamed for the Indian's poor situation and in doing so he also claims that

    "Another reason [for it to be] is because they are made to believe they are minors and have not the abilities given them from God to take care of themselves, without it is to see to a few little articles, such as baskets and brooms. Their land is in common stock, and they have nothing to make them enterprising."

    This marked phrase is a total mess to me! Could somebody try to express this phrase's precise meaning, or the whole sentence allowing especially for this strange construct, in some more "civilized" and more "up-to-date" way, please. Thank you very much again.

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    #2

    Re: "..., without it is to see to a few little..." :-(

    It's a mess to me, too. I understand what he is saying, but the phrase seems weird to me as well.

    He means that without the belief that they have the ability to take care of themselves that they have no ambition.

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    Re: "..., without it is to see to a few little..." :-(

    This is great! I would have never ever got to it by myself! Thanks!

    P.S.
    Thought some of them are typical "typo" mistakes, like "form - from", yet I highly appreciate all additional "red-pen" corrections. They really mean a lot to me and I also really learn a lot of them.
    Last edited by szaroczek; 07-Jan-2012 at 11:49.

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