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    However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be - meaning

    Hello everybody!

    "However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters." (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

    Does the bolded fragment mean "no matter how little known the feelings or views of such a man may be"?

    I think so but it is better to ask native speakers.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 04-Jan-2015 at 10:32. Reason: Added quotation marks and named the source

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    Re: However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be - meaning

    You haven't put any of the text in your post in bold.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be - meaning

    However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be. How forgetful of me.

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    Re: However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be - meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post


    Does the bolded fragment mean "no matter how little known the feelings or views of such a man may be"?

    Yes, the two things mean the same thing.

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    Re: However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be - meaning

    Ah, I can recognize a line from that novel in just a few words.

    Do you understand what it all means? In that era, mothers were desperate to find rich husbands for their daughters. If a rich, single man moves to town, then all the mothers assume he must need one of their daughters to become his wife - even if the man in question never thought this was true at all.
    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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    Re: However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be - meaning

    In future, JACEK, please state the source and author of any quotations you post.

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    Re: However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be - meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Ah, I can recognize a line from that novel in just a few words.
    I'm rather proud of the fact that I guessed what the novel was despite never having read it. I checked my guess on Google Books and was so pleased I was right, I kindly edited Jacek's first post to add quotation marks and the source.
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    Re: However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be - meaning

    You have never read it? Horrors! It's my favorite novel. I even read the version with the zombies.
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    Re: However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be - meaning

    I'm afraid I've read almost none of the "classics" - not Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop, Mark Twain, War and Peace (does that count?), Far From the Madding Crowd, Jane Eyre ... I could go on!

    I found this list of The Guardian's 100 Best Novels of All Time - I've read 9 of them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be - meaning

    I've read 22, but hated a couple of them. But I literally had not heard of many on that list!
    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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