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Wu Ting
How would you explain this sentence in the context? The cathedral is immense as promised, with gigantic wooden doors that look as if they could shut you out for good. The front is all warbly with carvings: the Ship of the Church sailing over one door looked like a Spanish galleon, and over the other, Jesus is handing over the keys to the kingdom. He has the same worried look the bakery-shop man had when giving Mother the key to come through his shop to our apartment upstairs. Mr. Produce the Cash owns the building. How would you explain this sentence: as if they could shut you out for good? Thanks!
Jan 31, 2014 11:04 AM
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One definition of "for good" is "forever." So MAYBE (maybe!) it means that those doors were so gigantic that they could keep you out forever. If the cathedral did not want someone to enter, that person could never get in. That person could never break down those gigantic doors.
January 31, 2014
In this context, the sheer size of the doors, the fact that they are so large suggests the strength and power to shut you out for good. In this context, 'shut you out for good' has nothing to do with the idea of 'goodness'. It simply means 'forever'. These heavy, large doors will shut you out forever, exclude you from entry forever.
January 31, 2014
In that context, it meant as if that door could prevent the bad things come inside that cathedral once people were inside it just for the sake of their own goodness.
January 31, 2014
Wu Ting
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
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