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    for it

    And as the battle of life still continues, and must continue for thousands of
    years to come, it must be acknowledged that the English character is especially well fitted for
    the struggle. Its reserves, its cautions, its doubts, its suspicions, its brutality - these have been
    for it in the past, and are still in the present, the best social armour and panoply of war. It is not
    a lovable nor and amiable character; it is not even kindly. The Englishman of the best type is
    much more inclined to be just than he is to be kind, for kindness is an emotional impulse, and
    the Englishman is on his guard against every kind of emotional impulse. But with all this, the
    character is a grand one, and its success has been the best proof of its value.

    1. What does "for it" mean in the first underlined part?

    2. Can you help paraphrase the second underlined sentence?

    3. What does "with all this" mean? Does it equal "in spite of this"?


    Thank you for your help!

    Jason

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    Re: for it

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    And as the battle of life still continues, and must continue for thousands of
    years to come, it must be acknowledged that the English character is especially well fitted for
    the struggle. Its reserves, its cautions, its doubts, its suspicions, its brutality - these have been
    for it in the past, and are still in the present, the best social armour and panoply of war. It is not
    a lovable nor and amiable character; it is not even kindly. The Englishman of the best type is
    much more inclined to be just than he is to be kind, for kindness is an emotional impulse, and
    the Englishman is on his guard against every kind of emotional impulse. But with all this, the
    character is a grand one, and its success has been the best proof of its value.

    1. What does "for it" mean in the first underlined part?

    2. Can you help paraphrase the second underlined sentence?

    3. What does "with all this" mean? Does it equal "in spite of this"?


    Thank you for your help!

    Jason
    1. "for it" - here, you can read "for it" as "advantageous to it" or "of aid to it"
    2. The classically characteristic Englishman tends to put established rule first, even if it conflicts with his personal sympathies
    3. yes, perhaps a gentler form of "in spite of"

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    Re: for it

    Appreciate that!

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    Re: for it

    Quote Originally Posted by AlVal View Post
    1. "for it" - here, you can read "for it" as "advantageous to it" or "of aid to it"
    I don't think so.

    ...it must be acknowledged that the English character is especially well fitted for the struggle
    .

    Its reserves, its cautions, its doubts, its suspicions, its brutality - these have been for it in the past, and are still in the present, the best social armour and panoply of war.

    Its reserves, its cautions, its doubts, its suspicions, its brutality - these have been (in the past), and are still (in the present), the best social armour and panoply of war for it (= for the English character).[/QUOTE]

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