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General => Language Questions => Topic started by: t k on August 28, 2013, 02:48:52 am

Title: as the most superior son could desire for a topic of affectionate irony
Post by: t k on August 28, 2013, 02:48:52 am
In this business of preparation she showed as much silliness, she betrayed as perfect a lack of perspective, as the most superior son could desire for a topic of affectionate irony.  (A larger context is here (http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/5247/pg5247.html). Use ctrl-f to locate the sentence.)

Please explain "as the most superior son could desire for a topic of affectionate irony".  Thanks.  --- tk
Title: Re: as the most superior son could desire for a topic of affectionate irony
Post by: davel on August 29, 2013, 09:13:59 am
I wonder if nobody else has replied because, like me, they are confused over this sentence. It is unclear and just plain weird, in my opinion. All I can do is dissect it, piece by piece. Here goes my attempt:

"the most superior son" - of all the possible sons, the one who is the best.
"could desire" - I think it means that the son could want to have the silliness and lack of perspective that she showed.
"for a topic of affectionate irony" - answers the unasked question of "what / why would he desire?"

Personally, if I were reading this text, I would put it down and choose another. I have not clicked on the link or attempted to find who the author is, so even if it is someone famous that everyone is talking about and agrees is one of the best writers ever known, I still say this is rubbish.