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    What does this sentence mean?

    "Few people who ventured beyond the mountains have returned to tell the tale."
    Does it mean that most people who climbed the mountains died?
    Does the phrase"to tell the tale" entails that the person concerned has to tell others about his experience? Any explanation would be greatly appreciated.


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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Does it mean that most people who climbed the mountains died?

    We don't know whether they died or not, only that 'they didn't return'. Certainly is ominous, and leaves the imagination to go wild with scary scenarios: they 'died' because the mountains themselves are a dangerous terrain...or...they died because they were eaten by cannibals the other side of the mountains...or...it was so wonderful, a Shangri La, they didn't want to come back!

    'to tell the tale' is a succinct way of saying, "to tell us about their experiences 'the other side of the mountains'".

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    It means:

    Of all the people who ventured beyond the mountains, only a few have returned to tell the story of their travels beyond the mountains.

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    "Few people who ventured beyond the mountains have returned to tell the tale."


    It also does not necessarily mean that they "climbed" the mountains. They culd have gone around them by way of valleys etc.

    I am not a teacher.


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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Does it mean that most people who climbed the mountains died?

    We don't know whether they died or not, only that 'they didn't return'. Certainly is ominous, and leaves the imagination to go wild with scary scenarios: they 'died' because the mountains themselves are a dangerous terrain...or...they died because they were eaten by cannibals the other side of the mountains...or...it was so wonderful, a Shangri La, they didn't want to come back!

    'to tell the tale' is a succinct way of saying, "to tell us about their experiences 'the other side of the mountains'".
    Is it possible that they returned but didn't tell others about their experiences because, for example, they failed to reach their aim?

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    Re: What does this sentence mean?

    relax. Don't overthink this saying.

    It means simply what was discussed before.

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