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    Question Hi!

    MacLeod, a Canadian of Scottish lineage, has earned a sterling reputation north of the border based on two collections of stories (Barometer Rising; As Birds Bring Forth the Sun), and with his first novel he will only add to that acclaim. Already a bestseller in Canada, No Great Mischief (the title comes from General Wolfe's callous reaction to the death of Highlanders enlisted in Britain's efforts to wrestle Canada from France--"No great mischief if they fall") tells the sprawling story of one Scottish clan, the MacDonalds, who come to Cape Breton from Scotland in the 18th century and struggle valiantly to maintain their pride and identity up through the end of the millennium.
    QUESTION:
    What does mischief mean here???

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    Re: Hi!

    In this quote mischief=harm.

    Petra

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyoung View Post
    In this quote mischief=harm.

    Petra
    "No great mischief if they fall"
    I STILL DONT QUITE UNDERSTAND THIS

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    Re: Hi!

    Oops! Sorry for my incomplete response.

    The remark made by General Wolfe, "No great mischief if they fall," was a cruel and heartless way of saying that it did not matter to him if the Highlanders (soldiers from Scotland) died on the battlefield. It is almost as if he were saying that he didn't think of them as fully human.
    'No great mischief if they fall," = "Their deaths will cause no harm (mischief) to our cause."
    One reason this is confusing is that 'mischief' today often (usually?) has the connotation of annoying but harmless behavior: "What sort of mischief have those kittens been up to?" asked Mom.

    I hope this is helpful,
    Petra


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    Quote Originally Posted by pyoung View Post
    Oops! Sorry for my incomplete response.

    The remark made by General Wolfe, "No great mischief if they fall," was a cruel and heartless way of saying that it did not matter to him if the Highlanders (soldiers from Scotland) died on the battlefield. It is almost as if he were saying that he didn't think of them as fully human.
    'No great mischief if they fall," = "Their deaths will cause no harm (mischief) to our cause."
    One reason this is confusing is that 'mischief' today often (usually?) has the connotation of annoying but harmless behavior: "What sort of mischief have those kittens been up to?" asked Mom.

    I hope this is helpful,
    Petra

    Hey, there! This makes so much sense! Thank you!

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