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    every name

    Dear Teachers and Members,

    I am reading West with the Night by Beryl Markham. The author met a man - Bergner who is dying. The man mentioned his friend's name in Nairobi who he has not seen in over 4 years. The author does not know that name. She wrote:

    "In the four years Bergner had been away, the town of Nairobi had swelled and burst like a ripe seedpod. It was no longer so comfortably small that every inhabitant was a neighbour, or every name that of a friend."

    Please tell me what underlined words means? Does it mean 'every name is neighbour's name"?

    Thanks for your time.

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    Re: every name

    No. The meaning is that every name you hear is that of somebody who is a friend of yours.

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    Re: every name

    'That of' following 'every name' means 'every name is the name of a friend'.

    In other words, you know everyone by name, and they are all friends.
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