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    That You May Swear

    Friends,

    What does the underlined clause mean? I could not find a suitable meaning of "swear" that would fit the context. This is from Poe. The link is as follows: https://poestories.com/read/systemoftarr.

    "Oh, a very long time, indeed a month certainly how much longer I can't precisely say. In the mean time,
    the lunatics had a jolly season of it that you may swear. They doffed their own shabby clothes, and made free
    with the family wardrobe and jewels. The cellars of the chateau were well stocked with wine; and these madmen
    are just the devils that know how to drink it. They lived well, I can tell you."

    I guess the speaker means here that the one whom he addresses can be sure about that. Right?
    2015 is the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide - the first genocide of the 20th century.

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    Re: That You May Swear

    Yes, it means that the hearer could swear that the lunatics had a jolly season of it, and he would not be wrong.

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