man or character?

Status
Not open for further replies.

beeja

Member
Joined
Dec 23, 2003
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Thai
Home Country
Thailand
Current Location
Thailand
Hi,

1) It quotes:

There are many counterfeits of character, but the genuine article is difficult to be mistaken. Some, knowing its money value, would assume its disguise for the purpose of imposing among the unwary.

:?: Do you think it's talking about a man or a character of a man (habit)?

2) The old-fashioned turns of phrase and unquestioning morality represent the cover by which we should not judge the book.

:?: "represent the cover" means "display on the cover" or...???

Thank you.
 

Francois

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 15, 2004
'to judge a book by its cover' means to make a superficial evaluation of something (the book may be good or bad whatever its cover, right?).
Thus, one should not go on the mentioned traits to jump to conclusions.

FRC
 

Casiopea

VIP Member
Joined
Sep 21, 2003
Member Type
Other
1) There are many counterfeits of character, but the genuine article (i.e. character) is difficult to be mistaken. Some (i.e. people), knowing its money value, would assume its disguise for the purpose of imposing among the unwary.

2) The old-fashioned turns of phrase and unquestioning morality represent the cover (i.e. jacket cover) by which we should not judge the book.

Books have jacket covers; they can be removed and changed.

All the best,
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top