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    • Join Date: Oct 2008
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    Your own mother could be no more real than Miss Talyor.
    Can she truly wish to give life to a mewling infant who will import diease each time it enters the house?

    A:I hope he wasn't disappointed.
    B:No man could be more so.

    What is the meaning of the sentences in pink? (From the movie, Emma)

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    {Not a teacher}
    Hi Jonah,
    In the first example, "more" applies to the adjective "real". I think the speaker is trying to say that Miss Taylor is real (not imaginary). I haven't seen the film, but it's only a guess without any more context.
    In the second example, B is saying that the subject is very disappointed, i.e. that 'No man (no one) could be more disappointed than him', 'he is the most disappointed'.
    Peter


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    Emma's father: Why should she give up being your governess only to be married?
    Emma :I am grown now. She can not put up with my ill humors forever. She must wish
    for children of her own.

    father:You have no ill humors.
    Your own mother, God rest her, could be no more real than Miss.Talyor. Can she
    really wish to give life to a mewling infant who will import disease each time it
    enters the house? No. I said poor Miss Talyor, and poor, indeed, she is.

    Man(entering to the room):As an old friend of the family i had to ask as soon as i got
    back. Who cried the most at the wedding?
    <chuckling>

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