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    the meaning of this sentence.

    Dear Friends,
    I am a foreigner who love English literature. I often do not have any big problems in getting the meaning of sentences in English, but now I am reading Doctor Grimshawe`s secret and it has a hell of difficult sentences sometimes, so I need some help. I want to know if you could help me to grasp the idea of these sentences. for example this one:
    In one way, being of a powerful, passionate nature, gifted with force and ability far superior to that of the aristocrat, he might scorn him and feel able to trample on him; in another, he had the same awe that a country boy feels of the magistrate who flings him a sixpence and shakes his horsewhip at him.
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    Re: the meaning of this sentence.

    [Not a teacher]

    What part of the text do you not understand?
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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    Re: the meaning of this sentence.

    Welcome to Using English.

    There is no reason to use "hell" - say "it has some very difficult sentences."

    The boy was strong, so in physical strength he was more powerful than the rich people.
    But he was of a lower social class, so he knew he was not more powerful, and in fact, looked up to them.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Red face Re: the meaning of this sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by José Manuel Rosón Bravo View Post
    [Not a teacher]

    What part of the text do you not understand?
    this part:
    In one way, being of a powerful, passionate nature, gifted with force and ability far superior to that of the aristocrat, he might scorn him and feel able to trample on him.
    But by the interpretation of Dear Barb_D I get the meaning.

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