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    what's the meaning of "roaming" and "unlikely"?

    Hi Guys. I have been reading the biography of Sherwood Anderson. I come across with a few words that I couldn't understand their meaning in the context. I highlight those words and I will appreciate if someone can help me. Thank You!
    Sherwood Anderson born in Camden, Ohio, is often called "the mid-American Chekhov." He inherited his gift of narrative fiction from his father, a roaming, improvident storyteller of unlikely tales.

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    Re: what's the meaning of "roaming" and "unlikely"?

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    To roam is similar to (if not equivalent) to wander.

    Unlikely is similar to (if not equivalent) improbable.
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    Re: what's the meaning of "roaming" and "unlikely"?

    Quote Originally Posted by fariba_sabok View Post
    Hi Guys. I have been reading the biography of Sherwood Anderson. I come across with a few words that I couldn't understand their meaning in the context. I highlight those words and I will appreciate if someone can help me. Thank You!
    Sherwood Anderson born in Camden, Ohio, is often called "the mid-American Chekhov." He inherited his gift of narrative fiction from his father, a roaming, improvident storyteller of unlikely tales.
    My inference of the use of "roaming" in this context is that his "tales" covered a wide variety of unrelated stories and that they would be a surprise (unlikely) to a reader familiar with his works.

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    Re: what's the meaning of "roaming" and "unlikely"?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    My inference of the use of "roaming" in this context is that his "tales" covered a wide variety of unrelated stories and that they would be a surprise (unlikely) to a reader familiar with his works.
    I agree with your view of 'roaming', but think that the stories were in themselves unlikely. An example of an unlikely story would be, for example, that of Taran, who was raised by a family of apes and, if I remember correctly, taught himself to read and write, among his many other accomplishments.

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    Re: what's the meaning of "roaming" and "unlikely"?

    I think roaming means that they moved around and weren't settled in one place:

    Anderson was born in Camden, Ohio, the third of seven children of Erwin M. and Emma S. Anderson. After Erwin's business failed, the family was forced to move frequently, finally settling down at Clyde, Ohio, in 1884. Partly as a result of these misfortunes, young Sherwood found various odd jobs to help his family, which earned him the nickname "Jobby." He left school at age 14.
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