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    #1

    'this being a metaphor for the kingdom'

    'whichever child has the largest, most beautiful plant will earn the throne;this being a metaphor for a kingdom.'
    I don't know what it means.

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    #2

    Re: 'this being a metaphor for the kingdom'

    Where did you find this?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #3

    Re: 'this being a metaphor for the kingdom'

    I can't find site that i read it on
    Is it not grammatical?

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    #4

    Re: 'this being a metaphor for the kingdom'

    It's not a question of whether or not it is grammatical. You want to know what it means and without context it's impossible to say.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #5

    Re: 'this being a metaphor for the kingdom'

    The plants symbolically represent the kingdom, so the child who produces the best plant will earn the throne as they have shown that they can care best for the plant.

    However, this is a strange sentence.

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