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    the word Associations

    Could someone tell me what the word Associations (with a capital A) means in the excerpt below. At first I thought it meant something like affiliations, but literary and ecclesiastical?! Then I thought it could mean mental links, but again, literary and ecclesiastical?!


    "Lucius has such a feeling for the past that he has roused us all to a
    sense of our privileges," Miss Hatchard would say, lingering on the last
    word, which was a favourite one. And before leading her visitor back
    to the drawing-room she would repeat, for the hundredth time, that she
    supposed he thought it very bold of little North Dormer to start up and
    have a Home Week of its own, when so many bigger places hadn't thought
    of it yet; but that, after all, Associations counted more than the size
    of the population, didn't they? And of course North Dormer was so full
    of Associations... historic, literary (here a filial sigh for Honorius)
    and ecclesiastical...he knew about the old pewter communion service
    imported from England in 1769, she supposed?

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    Re: the word Associations

    EW gives Associations a capital to suggest the way Miss Hatchard said it - in a pious, reverential way; I suppose you might call it 'an honorific capital'. And maybe it was not just Miss H that spoke in such hushed tones; maybe the word had been hallowed in the same way by many of the more conservative inhabitants of ND.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    EW gives Associations a capital to suggest the way Miss Hatchard said it - in a pious, reverential way; I suppose you might call it 'an honorific capital'. And maybe it was not just Miss H that spoke in such hushed tones; maybe the word had been hallowed in the same way by many of the more conservative inhabitants of ND.

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    And the particular meaning of the word, in this excerpt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caorthine View Post
    And the particular meaning of the word, in this excerpt?
    The links it had with literature, history, culture.... It wasn't as big as other towns, but there are values that are more important than mere commercial success.

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    Re: the word Associations

    Hey there :) Does your dictionary only give you things like affiliation and connection as possible meanings? Association can also mean "organisation", as in a group of people, or a society.

    Like: British Medical Association
    or: Automobile Association

    This seems to be the meaning in the text. You could have an "Historic Association" and a literary and an ecclesiastical one. They'd be organisations, i.e. groups of people.

    Does this make sense in the context?

    Oh, I almost forgot: Not a teacher. :D

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