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    #1

    is this leg

    A : But there is Aunt Jane, you see, although we could never buy a car outrigt, we can enjoy all the pleasures of motoring for a mere five pounds down.
    B : And the rest by instalments. I suppose.

    A : Exactly.
    B : And what about the radio .. what's it?

    A: Well that's the......

    B : And the paino?

    A : Well, of course.........

    B : And the furniture?

    A : I.... I'm afraid so.........

    B : I suppose all you own is this leg. (she points to one)

    A : Well, no, as a matter of fact, it's that one. (she points to another).

    B : And the rest belongs to Mr. Sage, I suppose?

    A : Er...yes.

    B : I 'm not going to sit on Mr. Sage's part for anyone. (She stands up. Now, tell me, how much do all these instalments come to?

    Please explain the highlighed words/phrases. [I don't think Mr. Sage is a person's name in this context]
    Last edited by user_gary; 16-Jun-2007 at 07:14.


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    Re: is this leg

    What play is this?

    Consider the context of the dialogue - what leg could they mean?

    Mr Sage could be a person. There is nothing to tell you he is not. He may be the bank manager who has loaned money to them. He could be their landlord. What is clear is that he owns a part of the furniture.


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    Re: is this leg

    Thank you Anglika.

    I think the leg refers to (the furniture leg), but I wonder why the `A' points to one and the 'B' points to another.

    Please help me.
    Last edited by user_gary; 16-Jun-2007 at 07:31.

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    Re: is this leg

    My understanding, given the limited context, is that everything Aunt Jane had, the car, the radio, the piano, and the furniture was bought on credit (See intallment plan), and none of it has been paid for, so it doesn't belong to Aunt Jane, who appears to be deceased, or to the relatives, possibly person A, who will inherit her belongings. It all belongs to Mr Sage, my guess, the man with whom Aunt Jane set up the installment plan.

    As for the leg, it could be in reference to several things, one of which being a prosthesis, person A's:

    B : I suppose all you own is the prosthesis. (she points to one of person A's legs)
    A : Well, no, as a matter of fact, it's that one. (she points to another/ the other leg).

    As for this, here,

    B : I 'm not going to sit on Mr. Sage's part for anyone. (She stands up. Now, tell me, how much do all these instalments come to?)

    Seems to me that it refers to Mr. Sage's part of the inheritence. Person A wants to settle her Aunt Jane's debt.

    Additional context would help, especially with the "leg" part.

    Does that help?


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    Re: is this leg

    Does that help?
    Yes. Thank you - Casiopea

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    Re: is this leg

    You're welcome.

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