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    felt secure in his comprehending pity

    I've got two questions. First of all, what does she had felt secure in his comprehending pity mean. Second, what does she was flung back on herself mean.


    All her old resentments and rebellions flamed up, confusedly mingled with the
    yearning roused by Harney's nearness. Only a few hours earlier she
    had felt secure in his comprehending pity; now she was flung back on
    herself, doubly alone after that moment of communion.

    Please!

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    Re: felt secure in his comprehending pity

    Quote Originally Posted by Caorthine View Post
    I've got two questions. First of all, what does she had felt secure in his comprehending pity mean. Second, what does she was flung back on herself mean.


    All her old resentments and rebellions flamed up, confusedly mingled with the
    yearning roused by Harney's nearness. Only a few hours earlier she
    had felt secure in his comprehending pity; now she was flung back on
    herself, doubly alone after that moment of communion.

    Please!

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    secure in his comprehending pity => sure that he would understand and pity her
    (another possible meaning would be 'safe in the knowledge that he understood and pitied her', but I don't think the context would allow that)

    flung back on herself => violently returned to a state of having to fend for herself/rely on no one but herself

    b

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    Re: felt secure in his comprehending pity

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    (another possible meaning would be 'safe in the knowledge that he understood and pitied her', but I don't think the context would allow that)

    b
    Maybe it's a question of interpretation, but with regards to the overall context, I think 'safe in the knowledge that ...' is better than the other one. Thank you very much, BoBK.

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