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    by emphasis

    Hello Masters

    I have problem with this sentence:
    If the world was dominated by emphasis, the Monarchy preferred discretion, restrained passions, a calm tone of voice.

    I can't get the first part. What is the meaning of "emphasis" here?, and
    What is the meaning of "If the world was [were?] dominated by emphasis"?

    Would you hep me.
    Thanks

    In order to get a proper answer, I think this question needs more explanation, therefore I decided to write the whole paragraph here. It is about Joseph Roth, a great Austrian writer of Galician descent, and his good experience in his Austro-Hungarian fatherland. He says:

    Everything in this world was continuously in a state of constant change: familiar and strange, quotidian and remarkable, ‘that, which was strange, became familiar, without losing its colours, and the homeland had the pleasing charm of abroad’ [ . . . ] It was thus a cheerful and bright place, downright innocent [ . . . ] If the world was dominated by emphasis, the Monarchy preferred discretion, restrained passions, a calm tone of voice. It was often irresistibly funny, very much like an operetta put on by third-rate actors.

    I still don't know the meaning of that sentence. I apologize for the lengthy post.
    Last edited by largany; 24-Aug-2019 at 08:19. Reason: more explanation

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    Re: by emphasis

    Welcome to the forum, largany.

    Quote Originally Posted by largany View Post
    Hello masters Unnecessary, and some of us are female (I won't say mistresses.)

    I have a problem with this sentence:

    If the world was dominated by emphasis, the monarchy preferred discretion, restrained passions, a calm tone of voice.

    I can't get the first part. What is the meaning of "emphasis" here?, and
    What is the meaning of "If the world was [were?] dominated by emphasis"?

    Would you help me?
    Thanks
    Unnecessary, just click 'Thank' after you get a useful answer.
    Always tell us the source and author of any text you quote, please.

    Who wrote that line (I won't call it a sentence), and in what context? I'm not surprised you have a problem with it – I have more than one.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 23-Aug-2019 at 08:41.

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    Re: by emphasis

    The quote belongs to Joseph Roth; He is talking about his interest in his Austro-Hungrian fatherland.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Aug-2019 at 09:14. Reason: deleting unnecessary quote

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    Re: by emphasis

    And at the link below also.

    https://www.englishforums.com/Englis...xhghp/post.htm

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    Please do not post the same question simultaneously to more than one forum. Doing so wastes our valuable time. Instead, post your question to one forum and wait for replies. If you're not satisfied with those replies, you can try another forum, but please indicate in your thread that you've already asked the same question elsewhere (provide a link), and outline why you were not satisfied with the answers you received already.
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    Having said that, I tried looking for the original on the Web but found nothing. Do you have a link to it, largany? Where did you find it?

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    Re: by emphasis

    I've added more explanation on my question

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