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    abstraction

    In Academy street, a novel of M. Costello, the author wrote:

    "She had always been waiting for something to take, for the veils of abstraction to lift and reveal the life that was meant for her".

    I understood that "the life that was meant for her" is the life in which she feels comfortable.
    Please help me out with the meaning of "abstraction" here?

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    Re: abstraction

    Quote Originally Posted by Sukhomvit View Post
    In Academy street, a novel of M. Costello, the author wrote:

    "She had always been waiting for something to take, for the veils of abstraction to lift and reveal the life that was meant for her".
    I understood that "the life that was meant for her" is the life in which she feels comfortable.
    You cannot assume "comfortable". It only means the life that is "right" for her, perhaps that fate intended. I get the feeling she is looking for the life that will "fit" with her; her skills, vocation, predilections. Not necessarily a comfortable or, for that matter, happy life. Only for something to take.

    Please help me out with the meaning of "abstraction" here?
    In this context, I believe the intended meaning of "abstract" is when something is not an accurate depiction of the thing it represents. It is at best suggestive of the reality it represents. Vague. Seen without clarity as though through a veil. An imperfect reflection of the real thing.
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    Re: abstraction

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaDan View Post
    Only for something to take.
    Please could you explain more on 'something to take'. Could I read it as 'something to take her to the life that was meant to her.'?

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    Re: abstraction

    Quote Originally Posted by Sukhomvit View Post
    Please could you explain more on 'something to take'. Could I read it as 'something to take her to the life that was meant to her.'?
    In this context, it means, "to catch on", or perhaps, "to become committed to". She is looking for something that truly suits her. It compliments "...that was meant for her", later in the text.

    "Little Johnny didn't like soccer, he didn't like basketball, and he didn't like track, but he really took to swimming, and now we can't get him out of the pool".

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    Re: abstraction

    In law, they talk of the veil of ignorance.

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