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    Question personal mystery

    As he walked through the immaculate Zurich city center, with its many statues, gilded shop signs and fountains, Frank was ‘‘just amazed how well organized everything is, how perfect everything is.’’ The Swiss, he explained, do not throw coins into fountains, because ‘‘they have everything they need. They don’t believe in wishing wells. Only the poor have to hope.’’ Deciding he wanted to ride a streetcar, Frank surveyed the different lines. ‘‘I usually don’t get a ticket on the tram,’’ he explained. ‘‘This town is rich enough.’’ He said he never worried about being caught by inspectors, and he didn’t seem worried. He seemed the way he typically did — fully present and yet filled with personal mystery. ‘‘I don’t know where that one goes, so we’ll take it,’’ he said, and was soon bound for a working-class district of the city.

    What does mystery in this sentence mean? I think it is about ideas or something like that. Am I right?

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    Re: personal mystery

    It means that he seems mysterious. Perhaps the writer is suggesting that he looks like he is hiding something mysterious and personal.
    I must admit that I don't see how it relates to his seeming "fully present".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: personal mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It means that he seems mysterious. Perhaps the writer is suggesting that he looks like he is hiding something mysterious and personal.
    I must admit that I don't see how it relates to his seeming "fully present".
    Of course the first part of the sentence confused me, and it is clear that they don't relate to each other if mystery means "something mysterious" here. I guess it might have another meaning. By the way I forgot to say I got this sentence from this article.

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    #4

    Re: personal mystery

    Do we have to read all the article to find it?

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    Re: personal mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Do we have to read all the article to find it?
    Sorry! it is in the 2nd paragraph. But you could've used ctrl+f.

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    Re: personal mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by topman85 View Post
    Sorry! it is in the 2nd paragraph. But you could've used ctrl+f.
    That may be the case but I, for one, did not know of that shortcut. Also, we shouldn't have to click on links and search for context. It's much more helpful if you post the full context in post #1, and then simply quote the source and author.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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