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    Please explain the given extract in simple English from a famous English novel,"Goodbye Mr Chips",especially focusing on text in inverted commas.

    Rarely did he read more than a page of it before sleep came swiftly and peacefully,more "like a mystic intensifying of perception than any changeful entrance into another world."

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    Re: problem

    I'll explain the words in inverted commas first, and then put the original sentence in to simpler ones which have a similar meaning.

    If something is "mystic", then it could be strange, and usually has something to do with magic.
    If something is "intensifying", then it is getting stronger.
    "Perception" is the way something is seen.
    "Entrance" is entering, or going in to something, but could also be the place of entry.

    So, the words in inverted commas could be said as "like a strange increase in strength of the way he saw things, rather than any changeful entry into another world."
    Last edited by RobbieCook; 18-Sep-2006 at 23:13. Reason: Added a little more detail.

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    Re: problem

    Thank you, I have got the whole thing, but one thing I still can not understand and that is "entrance into another world"

    Please elaborate it a little more, especially "another world"

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    Shaukat Mahmood.


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    Re: problem

    "Another world" could literally mean "on a different planet", or it could be a metaphor for something which is so different from what is normal, that it's like being on (or may have came) from a different planet.

    In the passage you posted, it's a metaphor. The author is saying that when the person read and fell asleep, it was like an altered and stronger form of the way he felt when awake, rather than experiencing sleep as something completely different (i.e. on another world).

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