I have three questions to ask:
Then it was that (that refers to what has described) Lottie knew why Bess had made no mention of her finery.
I think this is an emphatic structure: It is....that
But in the above sentence "that" is missing. My questions are: Is this an emphatic sentence? If it is does it mean "that" can be omitted?
It was then [that] Lottie...
It could be omitted but loses the specificity of Lottie's knowing something.
They were rich with people and places.
I can't find the phrase "to be rich with" in the dictionaries. Could you please explain the meaning of it?
Their knowledge of many people and places makes them richer in character.
The normal collocation would be "rich in"
You have too much catching up to do. I can't find "catching up" in my dictionaries. Should it be regarded as one word meaning "something"?
No - in this context, to catch up with someone means finding out what they and you have been doing since you both last met.
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