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    Precarious tryst

    Hi,

    The bold text here is just above my head; can anybody explain it to me please?

    There were books we should never now be able to read; speculations we should never be able to explore; riddles we should never so much as hear put, much less expounded. There were, above all, waking visions now past hoping for; long since shut away from us by the stream of the hasty moments—as they tick and silt and slide irrecoverably away. In the gay folly of that bright morning we could almost have vowed there were even other 'selves' awaiting us with whom no kind of precarious tryst we had ever made we had ever been faithful to. Perhaps they and we would be ready if only the world's mechanical clocks would cease their trivial moralisings.

    Walter de la Mare, The Vats, 1923

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Precarious tryst

    Do you know what a "tryst" is?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Precarious tryst

    Probably the famous tryst is in Romeo and Juliet.

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    Re: Precarious tryst

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Do you know what a "tryst" is?
    Yes, I know what a tryst is. But it seems to me to be a very complicated sentence ... If the wording was, we had never been faithful to the precatious tryst we had made with those other selves awaiting us, it would be very easy for me to understand, but as it is, I am not certain whether I get the meaning right ...
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    Re: Precarious tryst

    The writer seems to be talking about some kind of contract, or bargain-- one that is hard to keep.

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