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    undertaker of a man-servant

    A: I was hoping you would come to me last night.
    B: I was tired.
    A: Your exertions below deck would have no doubt exhausted you.
    B: I see that you sent your undertaker of a man-servant to follow me around, how typical.
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    How can I interpret “undertaker” here? Saying "sent your man-servant" would suffice. How does "undertaker" contribute meaning to the sentence ?
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    Re: undertaker of a man-servant

    It's hard to say, but it could be a comment on that individual. (The person's personality, for example.)
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    #3

    Re: undertaker of a man-servant

    They might look like an undertaker- wearing sombre clothes and looking serious.

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    Re: undertaker of a man-servant

    An undertaker is a funeral director, such as our local guy, Phil Graves—often having a professionally solemn demeanour.

    In this context, A's manservant must have resembled one such.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 10-Mar-2020 at 14:43. Reason: Fix a punctuation mark.

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