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    what a list of old scores

    I'm having problems translating what a list of old scores it must settle. The problem I have is that I know what it means, but that there aren't any good equivalents in my native language. So, would it be possible to say the same thing in a different way? Comments, please!


    His look seemed to say that he knew she had taken the paper
    to write to her lover, who had left her as he had warned her she would
    be left. She remembered the scorn with which she had turned from him
    that day, and knew, if he guessed the truth, what a list of old scores
    it must settle.

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    Re: what a list of old scores

    Quote Originally Posted by Caorthine View Post
    I'm having problems translating what a list of old scores it must settle. The problem I have is that I know what it means, but that there aren't any good equivalents in my native language. So, would it be possible to say the same thing in a different way? Comments, please!


    His look seemed to say that he knew she had taken the paper
    to write to her lover, who had left her as he had warned her she would
    be left. She remembered the scorn with which she had turned from him
    that day, and knew, if he guessed the truth, what a list of old scores
    it must settle.

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    Well, that's more than I do! One possible meaning, I suppose, would allow this paraphrase:


    [She] knew, if he guessed the truth, that at last he'd got one up on* her.

    * Get one up on somebody - WordReference Forums

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    Re: what a list of old scores

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Well, that's more than I do! One possible meaning, I suppose, would allow this paraphrase:


    [She] knew, if he guessed the truth, that at last he'd got one up on* her.
    * Get one up on somebody - WordReference Forums

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    The 'guessing of the truth' bit has to do with her being pregnant. So, with regards to settling old scores, he would probably settle them all if he would find out that she is pregnant, especially since he has been very much frustrated by, and warned her about, her aquaintance with the man who has made her pregnant. In spite of all this, I still don't know how to translate the phrase properly into my native language. Well, never mind ...


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    Re: what a list of old scores

    Hi Caorthine

    How about 'There are so many old debts still to be repaid' People must have debts in your language, mustn't they?

    Fred O'Hanlon

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