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    half so much

    John speaks to Fanny after he made to his father Mr Dashwood for distributing money to stepmother, his mother and sisters:

    John: 1,500, then. What do you say to 1,500?
    Fanny: What brother on earth would do half so much for his real sisters, let alone half-blood?
    John: Well, they can hardly expect more.

    What does "half so much" mean?
    Source: Sense and Sensibility (1995 movie based on the 1811 book by Jane Austen)
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 24-May-2020 at 10:00. Reason: Edited source

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    Re: half so much

    She's impressed by his generosity. (The reader knows that he is actually being extremely stingy.)
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: half so much

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Hussey View Post
    John speaks to Fanny after he spoke to his father, Mr Dashwood, about distributing money to his stepmother, his mother and his sisters:
    My best guess.
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    Re: half so much

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    My best guess.
    Wasn't the elder Mr. Dashwood dead at this point?
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    Re: half so much

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Wasn't the elder Mr. Dashwood dead at this point?
    That may be true, but I didn't get that from the OP.

    (Anybody is welcome to improve upon my edit.)
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