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    #1

    I'd like to ask what the pronouns are suggesting here.

    This is an extract about the queen's abduction from an Arthurian book, that I want to ask your help.

    King Arthur stood. "Shall we leave at dawn?"
    Sir Bedivere shook his head sharply. "You can't go, Arthur."
    "She's my queen."
    "It would jeopardize the kingdom. There is more going on here than one discontented knight looking for ransom. What will the court think when you disappear?"
    "I care not," the king said firmly.
    Sir Gawain spoke. "Bedivere's right, sire. You have to stay here for the same reason that we sent Kai alone. You and the court must go on as if nothing were wrong. Terence and I will find her. Everyone knows I get restless at court, and no one will think anything about my disappearing. But you -and Bedivere, too- have to stay here and keep on ruling the land."
    Piers spoke for the first time since the king and the others had come in the room. "What is the affair? What more is there to this that I don't know?"
    King Arthur nodded and sat back in his chair, his eyes dark.

    I don't understand what there and this here suggest.
    I guess there means the Arthur's land, and this means the kidnapped queen here. So my interpretation of Pier's statement is "Is there something (that I don't know) more important than this kidnapping in the land?".
    Am I right?

    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: I'd like to ask what the pronouns are suggesting here.

    not a teacher

    This is the meaning, as I understand it.

    what more is there? = what extra information exists?
    to this = concerning this matter

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    #3

    Re: I'd like to ask what the pronouns are suggesting here.

    I see. There here is substituting for the vague occurrences, but not the actual place, isn't it?

    Incidentally, I found an Anthony Hopkins' quote, "I love life because what more is there.".
    I guess there is substituting "in the life" as a notion, too. Am I right?
    Last edited by Nanatuha; 14-Jun-2015 at 08:50.

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