Interested in Language
Source: The Great Gatsby http://www.publicbookshelf.com/ficti...ger-vulnerableMost of the confidences were unsought-frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon; for the intimate revelations of young men, or at least the terms in which they express them, are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions. Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope. I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.
I know the meanings of each word written in the blue part but I can't understand it as a whole.
Would you please be kind enough to clarify the blue part to me?
Thanks so much.
Let's substitute basic for fundamental. Decencies refers to being kind, nice, and, generally, treating people in a good manner. Here, the author is saying that these basic decencies are not given to everyone at birth. Unequally means that something is not equal. This is similar to saying that blond hair is parceled out unequally at birth - there are only so many babies born with blond hair, other babies have black, red, or brown hair. In short then, the author is saying that not all people are born with a sense of being basically nice.
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Last edited by probus; 02-Nov-2013 at 02:43.
I wish the teachers would suggest us another book.