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    A new digression

    Hi,

    I am totally at a loss what the bold text could mean; can anybody help me?

    Before he answered his father's telegram he borrowed the billiard chalk from the waistcoat pockets of his clerk, whose sporting instincts had got the best briefs for his employers in horsey and divorcey circles.
    These were the remarkable cases that established the reputation of Mr Bird. His successful defense of Mrs Riddell had won him, in addition, a vice- presidency of the Anthropological Society.)
    To those who are not Plymouth Brethren it will not be obvious why John Bird pocketed the billiard chalk, and a new digression becomes Cocker.
    Chalk is the commonest form in which carbonate of calcium is found in Nature. Under the microscope it is seen to be composed of the dust of the shells of minute marine animals. Geologists consider it impossible that a layer of chalk 10,000 feet thick should have been deposited in the course of a week, or even in the course of, say, 4,004 years.

    Aleister Crowley, The Death Bed Repetance, 1916

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    #2

    Re: A new digression

    You're not the only one- I have looked Cocker up in various dictionaries and am none the wiser.

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    Re: A new digression

    It may be useful to remember that becomes has an archaic usage: "to ​cause someone to ​look ​attractive, or to be ​suitable for someone."

    Perhaps a new digression (a discussion of Mr. Cocker's history) will make him look good to the reader and help explain his actions?

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    Re: A new digression

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    Perhaps a new digression (a discussion of Mr. Cocker's history) will make him look good to the reader and help explain his actions?
    Possibly, but wouldn't Johnyxxx have told us if Cocker was a character in the story?

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    Re: A new digression

    Unfortunately, there is no Cocker in the story ...

    P.S. What do you think the strange sentence a new digression becomes Cocker means?

    Thanks for help.
    Last edited by Johnyxxx; 27-Mar-2016 at 14:56.
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    Re: A new digression

    I haven't the foggiest idea, sorry.
    You've chosen to read a 100 year old book by a cheap Satanist - not really my field.

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