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    Smile too confirmed a joker to object

    Hello. Would you please tell me what the underlined part means?
    Does it mean the king really loved jokes, so he could accept anyone's laughing?
    Thank you.


    -----from <Hop-frog> by Edgar Allan Poe
    "I fancy it was the parrot at the window, whetting his bill upon his cage-wires," observed one of the courtiers.
    "True," replied the monarch, as if much relieved by the suggestion; "but, on the honor of a knight,
    I could have sworn that it was the gritting of this vagabond's teeth."
    Hereupon the dwarf laughed (the king was too confirmed a joker to object to anyone's laughing),
    and displayed a set of large, powerful, and very repulsive teeth.

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    Re: too confirmed a joker to object

    The king was such a confirmed joker (i.e. he made jokes all the time) that he could never object to anyone's laughing even when he was not joking but intending to be serious.

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    Re: too confirmed a joker to object

    Yes, that's what it means.

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