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    Post Meaning of the sentence in paragraph

    Hello,

    I didn't understand the underlined sentence.

    “At three o’clock precisely I was at Baker Street, but Holmes had not yet returned. The landlady informed me that he had left the house shortly after eight o’clock in the morning. I sat down beside the fire, however, with the intention of awaiting him, however long he might be. I was already deeply interested in his inquiry, for, though it was surrounded by none of the grim and strange features which were associated with the two crimes which I have already recorded, still, the nature of the case and the exalted station of his client gave it a character of its own. Indeed, apart from the nature of the investigation which my friend had on hand, there was something in his masterly grasp of a situation, and his keen, incisive reasoning, which made it a pleasure to me to study his system of work, and to follow the quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most inextricable mysteries. So accustomed was I to his invariable success that the very possibility of his failing had ceased to enter into my head.”

    In particular I didn't understand the structure of "for.....still".

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Meaning of the sentence in paragraph

    Quote Originally Posted by mutena24 View Post
    I was already deeply interested in his inquiry, -- I was interested in the case he was working on

    for, though it was surrounded by none of the grim and strange features which were associated with the two crimes which I have already recorded, -- it wasn't like his other two cases that I have already written about

    still, the nature of the case and the exalted station of his client -- but there was something interesting about it and someone important/powerful had hired him

    gave it a character of its own. -- it was interesting in its own way

    In particular I didn't understand the structure of "for.....still". -- even though it wasn't like the other two cases

    Thank you very much.
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