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    #1

    it may be

    Hello, teachers.

    I have difficulty in understanding the last part of the following quotation.

    (An old lord threatens his grandson saying that he might not leave the property to him, and that he (the grandson) is not a proper successor to the title. In fact the lord was secretly married to a woman when young, and had a son between them. Since they did not divorce formally, the lord's son in the second marriage and the grandson are not legal successors. Hearing the quarrel of the lord and his grandson, the wife of the lord says to the latter:)

    I am not afraid of your grandfather's intentions. He
    has a regard for the name, and he means to leave all to you, who have
    every right, unless, indeed, it may be, a legal right.

    I think the last part means "you have every right to inherit the property though it may not be a legal right", but am not quite sure if my interpretation is correct. I don't understand particularly why the phrase "it may be" is inserted. I appreciate any comments. Thank you.


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    #2

    Re: it may be

    It is not at all clear. It almost looks as if something is missing at the end of the sentence.

    I think she is saying that he has every right to inherit, unless there is a legal reason why the estate should not be left to him.

    "it may be" = possibly

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    #3

    Re: it may be

    oh, I see. Thank you, Anglika, you are always helpful.


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    #4

    Re: it may be

    You're welcome!

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