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    The wit thereof

    Hello,

    I would like to know what "the wit thereof he but dimly discerns" in this Mody Dick excerpt: "There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own".


    Thank you.

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    Re: The wit thereof

    He barely understands the wit of the practical joke. "Thereof" refers back to the vast practical joke so "... a vast practical joke, the wit thereof ..." is "a vast practical joke and the wit contained in it".

    So sometimes this man thinks that the whole universe is a big practical joke but he can't really see what's funny about it and suspects that the joke is on him (he is the "victim" of the joke).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The wit thereof

    Vocabulary note: 'the victim of a joke' is often called 'the butt of the joke'.

    b

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