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    courting disgrace?

    Dear Teachers,

    I read this from The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penny:

    "...there is a compensatory feeling in the air that puts a lightness in his step. Strange, when he is courting disgrace in this way, to feel so carefree."

    What does "courting disgrace" mean?


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    Re: courting disgrace?

    'courting' also has the meaning, 'to risk incurring by the way one behaves'

    Put that together with the usual meaning of 'disgrace' and...

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    Re: courting disgrace?

    Err...that the way he walks would annoy people?


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    Re: courting disgrace?

    There is a 'lightness in his step' and he feels 'carefree';
    This is strange - because something else that he has done/is currently doing is 'courting disgrace'

    What this other action/behaviour is would have been mentioned in the preceding sentences.

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