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    Smile vague sentences

    dear sir, there are some sentences in a book titled juan soldado that i can not get. would any body please give me the whole meaning ?
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    Minister of faith
    What is difference between minister and minister of faith?
    2.
    Official stake
    Does it mean main stake or government stake?
    The land was simply too tough to farm, the mountain too forbidding to mine, communications too difficult and expensive to establish, and the entire peninsula to arid to sustain a large population. these failures eventually pushed Tijuana further under san Diego's sway. While Mexico city feared the consequences, it could do nothing to reverse the trend. Still, the customs post provided a federal presence and assured the nation an official stake in protecting its rights. p.81
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    lotus hours p.93
    on either side is a succession of saloons, dance halls, movie picture barns, and gambling dens. In other places, not so largely advertised, one may cook a pill of opium or otherwise dally through the lotus hours
    it means leisure time or els?
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    the clatter of the little white ball seeking its owner's salvation, the musically liquid swicketr'swish'swish of the American cocktail, the tap'tap'tap of hammers where joy palaces are being shot up overnight to accommodate the business of this prohibition boom town. P.94
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    … Tijuana's chamber of comers, which was founded in 1926 and had one of the American border barons as a vice president, insisted that, Mexican merchants receive their due.p.105
    What does it mean? Receive their due?
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    Family members may chat about miracles received by those in their own group, but theydon't delve into the devotional needs and finds ofothers. Their privacy is respected. none of the public witnessing, the so' called open- sharing common among evangelican groups, occurs at the shrine. p.254 ?
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    it is the sort of topography that one would expect in a region where grinding tectonic plates beneath the sea are relentlessly pushing up a crazy quilt of irregular mountain p.78
    the whole sentence is vague to me
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    it is no place for a s. Anthony, for the wheel and the stacks of bright, new minted dollars make one dizzy…p.94
    here, saint Anthony means prig or Pharisee?
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    A cost of living higher than in most other parts of Mexico affected every one, as did theslowly devaluating peso.Some American were plainly resented for their profiteering and profligate spending power.p142 ?
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    Planned school 167
    For its part, the government offered to employ one hundred workers to convert the hotel into the planned school
    Does it mean public school
    thanks a many











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    Re: vague sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by hadada View Post
    it is no place for a s. Anthony, for the wheel and the stacks of bright, new minted dollars make one dizzy…p.94




    here, saint Anthony means prig or Pharisee?





    No, St. Anthony was a hermit, and the founder of Christian monasticism. His radical "renunciation of the world" meant that stacks of dollars etc. would not have been his "thing".
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    Re: vague sentences

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    Planned school 167
    For its part, the government offered to employ one hundred workers to convert the hotel into the planned school
    Does it mean public school

    No, it means the school that they had planned to open.

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