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    Deep sympathy ...

    Hello,

    Can anybody help with the bold text?

    The suicide of Wilfred Hough was the subject of our speculations and protestations, and without a pang we went through the motions of deep sympathy.

    Leonard Cline, The Dark Chamber, 1927

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    Re: Deep sympathy ...

    Going through the motions (about something) indicates insincerity.

    Does that answer your question?

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    Re: Deep sympathy ...

    They showed sympathy without really feeling it.

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    Re: Deep sympathy ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Going through the motions (about something) indicates insincerity.

    Does that answer your question?
    Yes, thank you. The people "going through the motions" were comptemptuous of the suicide so your guess makes sense.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 14-Jan-2015 at 19:11. Reason: Fixing typo.

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    Re: Deep sympathy ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They showed sympathy without really feeling it.
    Isn't that what I said?

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    #6

    Re: Deep sympathy ...

    Tdol was paraphrasing your excellent answer for the benefit of any students who didn't immediately understand it.

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    Re: Deep sympathy ...

    Thanks for the compliment, Rover. (Where are people finding those old books? )

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