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    #1

    stroke violence stroke boredom

    I can't make out what the words "stroke violence stroke boredom" mean in the following sentence (I even can't define what parts of speech they are):

    Of course modern literature lacks the impact of that of the 19th century, since nowadays it is at least possible to escape the misery of finding out that you have made the biggest mistake of your life without becoming a social outcast, unlike 150 or so years ago when the only escape from the unremitting callousness stroke violence stroke boredom was the death of one or other of the parties involved.

    Could you help?
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    #2

    Re: stroke violence stroke boredom

    Where is that text from?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: stroke violence stroke boredom

    It's from a CPE listening exam sample:
    http://www.examenglish.com/cpe/CPE_listening1.htm
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: stroke violence stroke boredom

    I would guess by her intonation that she's reading some punctuation marks, such as "callousness/violence/boredom" where 'stroke' represents the / symbol.

    I'll need a BrE speaker to confirm that though, since in AmE we would read the / symbol as 'slash', or "callousness slash violence slash boredom".
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    #5

    Re: stroke violence stroke boredom

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    I'll need a BrE speaker to confirm that.
    Confirmed.

    I'd probably use 'slash' these days, but I certainly used 'stroke' in my pre-internet days.

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