Wu Ting
How would you explain this sentence? Those dark men and their wives can’t shop here or ride the trolleys, he said, it’s against the law. Even to get lunch in a restaurant. If one of them needs to make water whilst digging the ditch on Pennsylvania Avenue, or get a drink, he has to walk two miles out Seventh Street to find a restaurant that will let him touch a glass or use the lav. It’s a strange way. Being a servant, making a bad wage, that is no puzzle. All the richest men in Mexico were once lifted from the cradle by servants. But they all drink from the same water jar that fills the master’s glass, and they use the same chamber pot, still warm from the piss of the patrón. In Mexico nobody ever thought to keep those streams flowing separately. How would you explain this sentence: ll the richest men in Mexico were once lifted from the cradle by servants? Does it mean before becoming rich, the richest men had been poor? Thanks!In the second passage, what’s the connection between these two sentences: Being a servant, making a bad wage, that is no puzzle. All the richest men in Mexico were once lifted from the cradle by servants.Why did the narrator use ‘but’ in the fourth sentence of the same passage?
Mar 14, 2014 2:17 AM
Answers · 1
It means the richest men were cared for by servants when they were babies. As babies the were taken out of their beds (cradles, a baby bed) by poor servants, the same servants that cannot drink or use the bathroom in the location described earlier (Washington DC I think)
March 14, 2014
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Wu Ting
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
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English