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    Racket

    Hello,

    Can anybody explain to me in what sense the word racket is used in the text below?

    Still, the affair was not without its compensations—if she could but regard it as completely closed. How many girls were able nowadays to boast (not that they would, perhaps) of a were-rhino uncle? Were-wolves, or—wolverines, maybe, but not were-rhinos, which were another kettle--of-fish entirely as the authorities unanimously agreed. The mechanics, so to speak—the ‘know-how’—of the racket (thus to term it) appeared quite dissimilar; and, in the case of orthodox conforming lycanthropes, the vampire faculty, while not inheritable or, save by infection of a ‘victim’, ordinarily transmissible, did tend to ‘run’ in families—as she could testify! Such of her forebears as had been ‘weres’ at all had been were-wolves, the whole absorbing business starting with the coming-over, from Prague, in the fifteenth century, of Wenceslas and Hragny Cassnius (or‘cnassis’), from the first-named of whom her own remarkable papa was proud to trace descent. Then there had been her great-great-uncle Mark Abner Cass who, in his heyday, had operated in Salisbury, and, more recently, her cousin Sarah, practising around Balham, till discovered and denounced, in 1903, by a vulpaphobe of avestry-man, who had her transfixed in her coffin, shrieking and spouting blood in the customary way.

    John Metcalfe, The Renegade, 194?

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    Re: Racket

    See definition #3 under the second noun entry for 'racket', regarding fraudulent or illegal schemes and activities.

    She seems to be making a comparison between being a certain type of lycanthrope and some kind of illicit scheme. She thinks the system is rigged against "non-standard" forms of lycanthropes.
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    Re: Racket

    Nice to know that lycanthropes are as bad as humans.

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    Re: Racket

    It's probably their human side showing.
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