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    Lightbulb There the matter may be left

    What does "There the matter may be left" mean?
    There the matter may be left. This history has endeavoured to show how special material signs have been granted by the invisible rulers of earth to satisfy the demand for material proofs which come from the increasing mentality of man....

    "The History of Spiritualism," by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Re: There the matter may be left

    It means, I hope, that he has no more material to confuse you, and us, with.
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    Re: There the matter may be left

    Hear hear!
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    Re: There the matter may be left

    Whew! Well done, jacob 123. What are you going to read next?

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    Re: There the matter may be left

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Whew! Well done, jacob 123. What are you going to read next?
    I don't know. Everything except Conan Doyle for at least one year.

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    Re: There the matter may be left

    Quote Originally Posted by jacob123 View Post
    What does "There the matter may be left" mean? . . .
    It means: Now we can stop.

    Thank God.

    What next? Faulkner? Pynchon? Chaucer? Finnegan's Wake?
    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: There the matter may be left

    The Sherlock Holmes books are great, though.

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    Re: There the matter may be left

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The Sherlock Holmes books are great, though.
    I love them.

    Can't wait to see what Jacob picks next.
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