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    I have questions

    Hi teachers,

    The sentences in quotation marks below are taken from an article.

    ' For a long time, the law has appeared to have a life of its own. Its very vagueness has meant that it could easily rebound on those levelling the accusation. It has created a hall of mirrors of the sort we associate with North Korea rather than Thailand.'

    I would like to know the meaning of a verb phrase "to have a life of its own" and a phrase "a hall of mirrors of the sort" in this context.

    Could you explain what they would mean?

    Thank you very much for any help!


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    Re: I have questions

    If something has a life of its own, we mean that we have little control over it even though we should - it seems to make its own path. For example, "I threw the frisbee to Brian, but it had a life of its own and flew over the fence". This doesn't have to refer only to physical objects.

    A hall of mirrors is a metaphor to compare something with the hall of mirrors you see at carnivals/funfairs. It's hard to explain, so look at this pic: http://sidebyside.stanford.edu/photo...g/mirrors1.jpg . I'm not sure, though, what exactly the article means in this context, but there you go.


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    Re: I have questions

    Under Dextous' guiding light, I think I see something that may be of a slight value for you.

    The hall of mirrors will reflect anything that is levelled at them or appears before them;

    likewise, this law is like a hall of mirrors that rebounds readily those levelling the accusation.

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