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    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to review my interpretations of two expressions which attracted my attention by reading the following excerpt of Conan Doyle’s “The Gloria Scott”?


    “What are we to do, then?” I asked.
    “What do you think?” said he. “We’ll make the coats of some of these soldiers redder than ever the tailor did”.
    “But they are armed” said I.
    “And so shall we be, my boy. There’s a brace of pistols for every mother’s son of us, and if we can’t carry this ship, with the crew at our back, it’s time we were all sent to a young miss’s boarding school.”

    1. “We’ll make the coats of some of these soldiers redder than ever the tailor did”. = The coats of the soldiers of that time were red, here it is a figurative way of saying that the soldiers will be killed.

    2. Every mother’s son of us = every man without exception

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    Re: interpretation of two expressions 3

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to review my interpretations of two expressions which attracted my attention when reading the following excerpt of Conan Doyle’s “The Gloria Scott”?


    “What are we to do, then?” I asked.
    “What do you think?” said he. “We’ll make the coats of some of these soldiers redder than ever the tailor did”.
    “But they are armed” said I.
    “And so shall we be, my boy. There’s a brace of pistols for every mother’s son of us, and if we can’t carry this ship, with the crew at our back, it’s time we were all sent to a young miss’s boarding school.”

    1. “We’ll make the coats of some of these soldiers redder than ever the tailor did”. = The coats of the soldiers of that time were red, here it is a figurative way of saying that the soldiers will be killed.

    2. Every mother’s son of us = every man without exception

    Regards

    V.

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    Re: interpretation of two expressions 3

    We’ll make the coats of some of these soldiers redder than ever the tailor did”.

    Yes, the coats were already red, and the blood (from the fighting) will make them even more red.

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