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    Question self-degree of self-satisfaction

    Hello,
    Could someone help me to understand the underlined :

    There we have the contrasting ideas on how dead bodies should be treated; but then you, then, quote the philosopher Merry Mitchley(????) who then goes on to say: just a minute here we've been looking at these very old practices; but who is telling us about these old practices She makes the ad comment that in this story the Persian's king appears in the role of detached sophisticated neutral observer above the dispute he understand others people difficulties; look at these attitudes that goes all around me. The Persians after all, this is where he's got his self-degree of self-satisfaction, the Persians after all neither burned their own dead nor ate them.


    Cheers;

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    Re: self-degree of self-satisfaction

    Dear Jaskin:

    The excerpt you provide is written in a manner that makes it seem almost like a transcription of someone speaking (rather informally). There are errors, informal abbreviations (ad= additional), run-on sentences, sentence fragments, asides, etc. It feels like one side of an ongoing, informal exchange between or among people who understand the context very well.
    SO: any comment on my part must be more or less a guess, BUT, here are a couple of possibilities:
    1) this is where he's got his self-degree of self-satisfaction,
    2)
    this is where he's got his self-degree of self-satisfaction,= she is using 'self-degree' (a speaker-created phrase) as a way of emphasizing that the king's self-satisfaction comes from his culturally reinforced belief that he exists on a plane apart from all his subjects.

    I hope this is helpful. If not, you may want to post this to a wider audience of teachers on the forum.

    Best regards,

    Petra

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    Re: self-degree of self-satisfaction

    Dear pyoung,

    Indeed it is an excerpt from the transcription, I make practising my listening skills.
    It comes from a radio program.
    Thank you for your prompt reply.

    Best regards
    J.

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