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    surprise in someone

    Dear great members and teachers.
    I certainly know the word "surprise". But sometime it is difficult to understand the true meaning of it. For instance,
    "She would look sharply at him, as if to surprise in him the secret of his wife’s behavior."
    In this sentence, please some member tell me the meaning of "to surprise in". I could not understand that the woman surprises or she wants the man knows that she is surprising or what.
    Also could I read 'Look sharply' as "look carefully" or "stare"?
    Thanks.
    Last edited by Sukhomvit; 22-Nov-2013 at 09:58.

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    Re: surprise in someone

    I, for one, need more context to make sense of this sentence.

    Where did you encounter it?

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    Re: surprise in someone

    Dear Rover,

    It is a short story on New York Times I read in my break time. I do not remember the title but it is something like "Happiness" or so. It is about a couple living with the wife's mother. The husband is good but his wife is very odd. She keep confining herself in the room without doing anything. The sentence above is at dinner time when she left dining room to return to her bed. I surprise with "to surprise in him" and have written down to ask for explanation. I do remember next sentences are talking on different subjects so I did not write them down.
    Last edited by Sukhomvit; 22-Nov-2013 at 10:17.

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    Re: surprise in someone

    Look sharply- she was trying to express a negative emotion in the way she looked- she wanted him to know that she disapproved or felt critical.

    The use of surprise is odd to me. I think it means to awake unexpectedly. I guess he knows the secret but doesn't consciously accept it, so by her look, she hopes he can stop pretending.

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