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    Her sympathy was ours

    Hi,

    The following is an extract from Frankenstein; I'd like to know whether or not the clause in bold contains a religious image. And what does it mean?

    The saintly soul of Elizabeth shone like a shrine-dedicated lamp in our peaceful home. Her sympathy was ours; her smile, her soft voice, the sweet glance of her celestial eyes, were ever there to bless and animate us.


    I'd appreciate your help.

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    Re: Her sympathy was ours

    The phrase does not contain a religious image.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Her sympathy was ours

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    The phrase does not contain a religious image.
    What does that clause mean?

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    Re: Her sympathy was ours

    They had her sympathy. She sympathized with them. They felt her sympathy. She was sympathetic toward them.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Her sympathy was ours

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    They had her sympathy. She sympathized with them. They felt her sympathy. She was sympathetic toward them.
    Did she feel their sympathy? Did she have their sympathy?

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    Re: Her sympathy was ours

    The speaker isn't saying they were sympathizing with her.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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