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    Smile no more than any of us deserve

    Hello. Would you please explain the underlined sentences?
    Does it mean "I think any of us deserves it/deserves to be punished"?
    Thank you.

    (In the story, the speaker and his four friends' experiments started the Great Fire of London in 1666.
    They started the Alchemists' Club with the intention of saving magic, but instead have brought about its ruin.)

    ----from a children's book, Archie Green and Alchemist's Curse by D. D. Everest
    We are still trying to lie low. Yesterday, Roderick suffered a most unfortunate accident.
    We were in Fabian's lab when a magical book released a scorpion, which strung him.
    He is expected to recover, but it gave him a nasty shock.
    No more than any of us deserve, I know.

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    Re: no more than any of us deserve

    It means we all deserve to be stung by scorpions.
    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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