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    The grammatical function of "such a legend"?

    Does "when the child had become a woman of power, and such a legend in her own lifetime" mean "when the child had become a woman of power, and had become such a legend in her own lifetime"?

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    The infant, whose first given name was Shumeng ("Pure and Simple"), was born into an odd, troubled family. Decades later, when the child had become a woman of power, and such a legend in her own lifetime that the facts of her childhood were overlaid by myth, she remarked to a laborer in a receiving line during a visit to the city of Tianjin: "Your father was an oil worker, mine was a capenter - we're both of the working class." But it was not quite so. The father was a carpenter who managed to start his own wheelwright's shop, acquire a small inn for overnight travelers, and later buy farmland.

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    Re: The grammatical function of "such a legend"?

    Yes

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    Re: The grammatical function of "such a legend"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Yes
    Thank you.

    The passage is followed by "Dour at best, her father, Li Dewen, drank heavily, and enjoy7ed a poor reputation in Zhucheng. A man of sixty when Shumeng was born, Li took little interest in her, leaving a totally negative impression on her memory of him. His relation with Shumeng's mother, ambiguous from the start, was remote when it was not stormy. "

    I failed to understand "dour at best." What does it mean?

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    Re: The grammatical function of "such a legend"?

    When he was at his most cheerful, he was still dour. Normally he was very severe/miserable.

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    Re: The grammatical function of "such a legend"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    I failed to understand "dour at best." What does it mean?
    Hi,

    dour - WordReference.com Dictionary of English. "At best" means "at least/to say the least". That is, when he was in a good mood, he was dour. So imagine when he was in a bad mood!


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