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    Question I need help with two different sentences from the same book

    Hello,

    I need help regarding the meaning of the following two sentences from the book Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow by Jerome K. Jerome:

    1-It is an extraordinary thing, but I never knew a doctor called into any case yet, but what it transpired that another day's delay would have rendered cure hopeless.

    2-So far from a man's not loving after he has passed boyhood, it is not till there is a good deal of gray in his hair that they think his protestations at all worthy of attention.

    Help much appreciated.

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    Re: I need help with two different sentences from the same book

    Quote Originally Posted by Super Sonic View Post
    Hello,

    I need help regarding the meaning of the following two sentences from the book Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow by Jerome K. Jerome:

    1-It is an extraordinary thing, but I never knew a doctor called into any case yet, but what it transpired that another day's delay would have rendered cure hopeless.

    2-So far from a man's not loving after he has passed boyhood, it is not till there is a good deal of gray in his hair that they think his protestations at all worthy of attention.

    Help much appreciated.
    1. The sentence is saying that it's always the case that had another day passed, the doctor would have been unable to cure the problem. This is a facetious comment about doctors.

    2. This sentence is saying that when regarding the matter of men not loving after they've become men (left boyhood), it's not until they are old (gray haired) that people believe men's declarations or denials about love worth considering.

    In other words, they don't believe a man saying he hasn't loved since boyhood until he gets old.

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    Re: I need help with two different sentences from the same book

    Thank you, but I still can't get the second one. Nor can I fit it in the context from which it was extracted. The whole paragraph goes:

    "Irreverence for the
    dreams of youth" soon creeps like a killing frost
    upon our hearts. My fair friends will deem all this rank heresy,I know. So far from a man's not loving after he
    has passed boyhood, it is not till there is a good
    deal of gray in his hair that they think his protestations
    at all worthy of attention. Young
    ladies take their notions of our sex from the novels
    written by their own and, compared with the
    monstrosities that masquerade for men in the
    pages of that nightmare literature, Pythagoras's
    plucked bird and Frankenstein's demon were fair
    average specimens of humanity.

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    Re: I need help with two different sentences from the same book

    This is particularly ornate, flowery language....

    My interpretation is this. A man's claim that he hasn't loved anyone since boyhood (probably a reference to a childhood crush, or perhaps a mother's love) isn't really given any credit by them (the "fair friends", otherwise known as women) until he gets old.

    The writer goes on to claim that women get their ideas about men from books written by other women. The writer thinks that the men in those novels are portrayed as monstrosities that don't really represent the way men actually feel and act. Such monsters in fact that Shelly's Frankenstein was just an average fellow. Of course the whole story about Frankenstein (written by a woman) is that Frankenstein just wants to be loved despite his looks.

    Women base their opinions of men's emotions on what they've read in these books, so they don't believe men's claims about love, at least not until they get older. Presumably because older men are perceived as wiser, and more trustworthy, I guess.

    Essentially, he seems to be saying that men aren't given enough credit for their true emotions by women, who are biased by "bad" literature about men.

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    Re: I need help with two different sentences from the same book

    That wraps it up! Thanks a lot!
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