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    exclusive of

    In a passage describing "my grandma", one sentence reads: (She made long, rambling prayers.) I was never sure that I had the right to hear, so exclusive were they of all custom and company.
    I'm not able to interpret the second part of the sentence "they were so exclusive of all custom and company", so could you help explain it to me?

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    Re: exclusive of

    Can you tell us who wrote the piece, and when?
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: exclusive of

    You'll find it here.

    And here.

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    Re: exclusive of

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Can you tell us who wrote the piece, and when?
    By N Scott Momaday, but I don't know when

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    Re: exclusive of

    As I read it, it means they were not willing to let any outsiders know their customs or even be with them.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: exclusive of

    Quote Originally Posted by chance22 View Post
    In a passage describing "my grandma", one sentence reads: (She made long, rambling prayers.) I was never sure that I had the right to hear, so exclusive were they of all custom and company.
    I'm not able to interpret the second part of the sentence "they were so exclusive of all custom and company", so could you help explain it to me?
    I'd take this to mean simply that her prayers were private; she was speaking to God in her own language, which did not invite participation, and did not necessarily accord with the prevailing custom for prayer.

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