Tenantable through age and neglect

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Hello, mates!

Please, paraphrase the underlined part. Here is the sentence: "It was a fantastic chateau, much dilapidated, and indeed scarcelytenantable through age and neglect."

I guess the author implies that hardly anyone lived in that old and abandoned building.
 

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Hello, [STRIKE]mates![/STRIKE]

Please, paraphrase the underlined part. Here is the sentence: "It was a fantastic chateau, much dilapidated, and indeed scarcely tenantable through age and neglect."

I guess the author implies that hardly anyone lived in that old and abandoned building.
I would go further and say that by "tenantable", the author was implying the building was not in a fit state to be rented out to tenants.
 

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I would go further and say that by "tenantable", the author was implying the building was not in a fit state to be rented out to tenants.
"Fantastic" seems an odd word here. Is not it?
 

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"Fantastic" seems an odd word here. Is not it?
Its meaning has shifted since your text was written. Is it Poe? If so, it's from the early nineteenth century, nearly two hundred years ago. Fantastic used to mean "like a fantasy; wildly imaginative".

Write Is it not? If you've also been reading Jane Austen, whose characters often say Is not it?, note again that her works are a couple of centuries old. :)
 

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scarcely tenantable through age and neglect = It could hardly be lived in because it was old and not cared for.
 

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