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    best left unrevealed

    I am reading West to the night by Beryl Markham.

    "From the loose confines of their native territory, which originally stretched south from Mount Elgon along the eastern shores of Victoria Nyanza for two hundred miles or so, they [Kavirondo people - a Native tribe in Africa] have wandered in all directions, mingling and working and laughing until what was once an obscure and timid tribe is now so ubiquitous as to cause the unobservant traveller in East Africa to suspect all natives are Kavirondo. This misconception is harmless enough in itself, but is best left unrevealed in the presence of such fire-eaters as the Nandi, the Somali, or the Masai, the racial vanity of any one of whom is hardly less than that of the proudest proud Englishman"

    Please tell me how should I read the underlined words. May I read it as: A still unknown fact which is difficult to understand?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: best left unrevealed

    No. It is something that you believe, but it is better not to let people know you believe it.

    The fact that one supports Bernie Sanders might be best left unrevealed among a crown of Trump supporters.

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    Re: best left unrevealed

    Best left unrevealed means kept secret.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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