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    What does sentence mean?

    Hello everybody,

    right now i'm reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and so far i'm really enjoying it. I sometimes come across a sentence i just can't figure out. I hope you guys could help me out.

    1. ''I was easily led by the sympathy which he evinced to use the language of my heart, to give utterance to the burning ardour of my soul , and to say, with al the fervour that warmed me, how gladly I would sacrifice my own fortune, my existence, my every hope, to the furtherance of my enterprize.

    It's the text in bold and italic, i just added the rest of the sentence to give context.
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    Re: What does sentence mean?

    "I was easily led to speak from my heart, ie. (honestly, deeply-felt)." "to give utterance to the burning ardour of my soul" means basically the same as "speaking from the heat of passion of my heart/soul". "with all the fervour that warmed me" basically repeats this another time.
    All these feelings in his heart/soul, ie. the sympathy, were evinced by the subject (?the monster. I don't remember who the 'he' is your first sentence was.)
    "He evinced certain feelings in my heart and soul that led me to say ..."

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    Re: What does sentence mean?

    Welcome to the forum.

    Please read and learn the rules of written English:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentnece with a single, appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Always capitalise the word "I" (first person singular).
    - Capitalise all proper nouns (English, Mary Shelley, Hindi, Shakespeare etc).
    - Do not put a space before a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Always put a space after a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.

    Now click on Edit Post and make the relevant corrections to your post, and click Save.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What does sentence mean?

    The 'he' in the post in this case is this Dr. Frankenstein. Thank you by the way for your comprehensive explanation.

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