Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Bulgarian
      • Home Country:
      • Bulgaria
      • Current Location:
      • Bulgaria

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,000
    #1

    ..pray make it improbable.

    Dear teachers,

    There is a brief excerpt of the Oscar Wilde’s “ The Importance of Being Earnest”. Would you be kind enough explain to me in plain English the meaning of the expression in bold.

    Algernon. I'll reveal to you the meaning of that incomparable expression as soon as
    you are kind enough to inform me why you are Ernest in town and Jack in the country

    Jack. Well, produce my cigarette case first.

    Algernon. Here it is. [Hands cigarette case.] Now produce your explanation, and pray make it improbable.[Sits on sofa.]

    Jack. My dear fellow, there is nothing improbable about my explanation at all.
    In fact it's perfectly ordinary.
    Old Mr. Thomas Cardew, who adopted me when I was a little boy, made me in his will guardian to his granddaughter,
    Miss Cecily Cardew. Cecily, who addresses me as her uncle from motives of respect that you appreciate, lives at my
    place in the country under the charge of could not possibly her admirable governess, Miss Prism.

    Thank you for your efforts.


    Regards.

    V.

  1. Kraken's Avatar

    • Join Date: Sep 2006
    • Posts: 333
    #2

    Re: ..pray make it improbable.

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post


    Algernon. Here it is. [Hands cigarette case.] Now produce your explanation, and pray make it improbable.[Sits on sofa.]

    V.
    I'm not a teacher, but the meaning I infer is as follows:

    "Now produce your explanation and, I beg you, let it be mysterious".

    But I may be completely wrong.

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,590
    #3

    Re: ..pray make it improbable.

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    There is a brief excerpt of the Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Earnest. Would you be kind enough explain to me in plain English the meaning of the expression in bold.

    Algernon. I'll reveal to you the meaning of that incomparable expression as soon as
    you are kind enough to inform me why you are Ernest in town and Jack in the country

    Jack. Well, produce my cigarette case first.

    Algernon. Here it is. [Hands cigarette case.] Now produce your explanation, and pray make it improbable.[Sits on sofa.]

    Jack. My dear fellow, there is nothing improbable about my explanation at all.
    In fact it's perfectly ordinary.
    Old Mr. Thomas Cardew, who adopted me when I was a little boy, made me in his will guardian to his granddaughter,
    Miss Cecily Cardew. Cecily, who addresses me as her uncle from motives of respect that you appreciate, lives at my
    place in the country under the charge of could not possibly her admirable governess, Miss Prism.

    Thank you for your efforts.


    Regards.

    V.
    "Pray make it improbable." = Please make it unlikely/unbelievable.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Bulgarian
      • Home Country:
      • Bulgaria
      • Current Location:
      • Bulgaria

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,000
    #4

    Re: ..pray make it improbable.

    Hi Kraken,

    Thank you for your interesting interpretation. Maybe something of the kind of the Oriental stories from the Scheherazade’s “The Thousand and One Nights”.

    Thank you for your inventiveness.

    Regards.

    V.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Bulgarian
      • Home Country:
      • Bulgaria
      • Current Location:
      • Bulgaria

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,000
    #5

    Re: ..pray make it improbable.

    Hi bhaisahab,

    Thank you for your kindness. Your interpretation is very close to the mentioned above which consolidate its plausibility.

    Regards.

    V.

Similar Threads

  1. make a cause
    By optimistic pessimist in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 23-May-2008, 08:26
  2. make it clear; make clear
    By joham in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-Dec-2007, 04:38
  3. do/make?
    By Carmenn in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 16-May-2007, 10:48
  4. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 19-Apr-2007, 17:39

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •