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    beat

    Dear Teachers and members,

    Quoted from West with the night by Beryl Markham,

    "But the soul of Africa, its integrity, the slow inexorable pulse of its life, is its own and of such singular rhythm that no outsider, unless steeped from childhood in its endless, even beat, can ever hope to experience it, except only as a bystander might experience a Masai war dance knowing nothing of its music nor the meaning of its steps."

    I reckon "beat" here means a single "throb"/ a single "sound" while "rhythm" is a serial of "repeated patterned sound". If so, in order to make the sentence easier to understand, could I move that underlined words as below:

    "But the soul of Africa, its integrity, the slow inexorable pulse of its life, is its own and of such singular rhythm, even beat, that no outsider, unless steeped from childhood in its endless can ever hope to experience it, except only as a bystander might experience a Masai war dance knowing nothing of its music nor the meaning of its steps."

    Please Teachers and member tell me if I understand correctly. Thanks

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    #2

    Re: beat

    You understand it correctly, but your alteration leaves the adjective 'endless' dangling.

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    Re: beat

    I don't agree. I think 'beat' here means


    • a regular sound or stroke; throb

    http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/beat

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