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    Good fortune

    Dear Teachers and members,

    At the beginning of the novel Martin Dressler by Seven Millhauser, there are a sentence:
    "THERE ONCE LIVED A MAN NAMED MARTIN Dressler, a shopkeeper’s son, who rose from modest beginnings to a height of dreamlike good fortune. This was toward the end of the nineteenth century, when on any streetcorner in America you might see some ordinary-looking citizen who was destined to invent a new kind of bottlecap or tin can, start a chain of five-cent stores, sell a faster and better elevator, or open a fabulous new department store with big display windows made possible by an improved process for manufacturing sheets of glass"

    The book is about Martin and how he get rich. Certainly he was lucky but we could not ignore the fact the he had worked very hard. Therefore I am wondering what if the meaning of "good fortune" here. Should I understand it as good luck / luckiness (usual meaning of good fortune) or I should read it as: richness / prosperity?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Good fortune

    Quote Originally Posted by QuangHai View Post
    Dear Teachers and members,

    At the beginning of the novel Martin Dressler by Seven Millhauser, there are a sentence:
    "THERE ONCE LIVED A MAN NAMED MARTIN Dressler, a shopkeeper’s son, who rose from modest beginnings to a height of dreamlike good fortune. This was toward the end of the nineteenth century, when on any streetcorner in America you might see some ordinary-looking citizen who was destined to invent a new kind of bottlecap or tin can, start a chain of five-cent stores, sell a faster and better elevator, or open a fabulous new department store with big display windows made possible by an improved process for manufacturing sheets of glass"

    The book is about Martin and how he get rich. Certainly he was lucky but we could not ignore the fact the he had worked very hard. Therefore I am wondering what if the meaning of "good fortune" here. Should I understand it as good luck / luckiness (usual meaning of good fortune) or I should read it as: richness / prosperity?

    Thanks for your help.
    "Good fortune" means "good luck and/or a "positive result".

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    Re: Good fortune

    Are we to believe your Member Info, QuangHai?


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    Re: Good fortune

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Are we to believe your Member Info, QuangHai?
    I think not.

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