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    Help! This one doesn't make sense at all!

    So, in the book "12 Years a Slave", the author says something that goes:

    "Soon sleep nestled to my bosom, driving away the troubles that oppressed it, and bearing me to that shadowy region, where I saw again the faces, and listened to the voices of my children, who, alas, for aught I knew in my waking hours, had fallen into the arms of that other sleep, from which they never would arouse."

    To me, the highlighted part sounds like it means the author's children died. However, in the rest of the story, they are alive and kicking. What gives?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 22-Feb-2015 at 20:25. Reason: Sorted out line breaks in the quote

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    Re: Help! This one doesn't make sense at all!

    He has no idea what has happened to his children. He dreams about them being alive even though, for all he knows, they could be dead.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Help! This one doesn't make sense at all!

    "For aught I knew" means "as far as I knew", so maybe he thought they were dead even though they weren't.

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    Re: Help! This one doesn't make sense at all!

    Super Sonic, please note that a better title would have been for aught I knew in my waking hours.

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