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  1. Member
    Interested in Language
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    Could you please explain what "interesting" means in the following passage?

    "She ain't a-sayin' nothin', lovey," answered the old woman, going to the bedside of her son, who even when made more interesting than usual by illness, did not seem a very fit subject for this tender appellation. (Lady Audley's Secret by M.E. Braddon)

    Does it mean "sympathized"? I mean the son was more sympathized than usual by illness? I checked several dictionaries, but could not find appropriate meaning. I appreciate any comments. Thank you.

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    Re: interesting

    As far as I'm concerned, it means that he's just not a very interesting person the rest of the time. He has been made a little more interesting simply by being ill.
    Last edited by 5jj; 08-Jan-2013 at 10:40.
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