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Would you be kind enough to explain to me the difference between the terms in bold from the following sentence?
Only his hair was slightly ruffled, and that disorder, somehow, was so suggestive of trouble that he went quickly to the table, and began to use the brushes, in an anxious desire to obliterate the compromising trace, that only vestige of his emotion.
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I don't think there is a difference between the words. It could easily be worded:
... in an anxious desire to obliterate the only compromising trace of his emotion.
and retain an identical meaning.
The addition of the phrase: that only vestige seems to provide extra emphasis in limiting the vestige as his only trace of emotion. The two words indicate the exact same thing, but are different to avoid repetition.
It seems to be an example of apposition, however I'm not 100% sure.
This is my take on the issue. Hopefully someone else can confirm or reject my ideas.
I am not a teacher.