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  1. Bushwhacker's Avatar
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    Cool "Not to be feeling oneself" from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho

    In a movie like Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, there is a moment in which Norman Bates says: "Mother isn't feeling herself today"

    What does exactly mean "isn't feeling herself"?

    1) That today she is not in good wealth?
    2) That today she's out of mind? absentminded?
    3) She is not herself for some reason?

    Of course we already know what occurs to Bates' mother, but taking the sentence as it is, an ironical reference, a wink at audiences, what is it saying properly?

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: "Not to be feeling oneself" from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho

    "not feeling oneself" is a common idiom - it means 'not feeling very well [but maybe not exactly ill]'.

    In the context of the film - though only when we have found out what really happened to Mrs Bates, or for people who have guessed the ending - the expression has dramatic irony.



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