Student or Learner
For, whatever Neilís reservations were about Darya [Munro's wife], he [Neil] had none about Munro, and she would have had to be a much less remarkable woman not to profit by the enormous admiration he [Neil] conceived for her husband.
(W.S. Maugham; Neil MacAdam)
How would you paraphrase it in plain English? The main idea is understood, but I'm afraid all the intricacies and subtleties may be slightly over my head.