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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    for nothing is ever so mischievous in its own place as it is out of it

    It's from 'Golden Key' by George MacDonald, which I encountered today,
    from below paragraph.

    <Now, although she did not know it, this was the very best way she could
    have gone; for nothing is ever so mischievous in its own place as it is out of it; and, besides, these mischievous creatures were only the children of Fairyland, as it were, and there are many other beings there as well;and if a wanderer gets in among them, the good ones will always help him more than the evil ones will be able to hurt him.>

    The above phrase is also used as a quotable quote, which I've noticed on internet.
    However, I really don't understand the meaning clearly.

    Any advice shall be highly appreciated.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 10-Jun-2016 at 08:23. Reason: Improving format.

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    #2

    Re: for nothing is ever so mischievous in its own place as it is out of it

    Maybe the writer means those creatures are more likely to cause trouble when they're away from home than they are in their natural environment.

  3. Charlie Bernstein's Avatar
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    #3

    Re: for nothing is ever so mischievous in its own place as it is out of it

    Yes, that's what MacDonald means.
    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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