Harry
What does 'But I could get nothing into perspective. ' mean in the context? The wretched prisoners huddling in the stinking cages of the lock-ups, the grey, cowed faces of the long-term convicts, the scarred buttocks of the men who had been Bogged with bamboos – all these oppressed me with an intolerable sense of guilt. But I could get nothing into perspective. All this was perplexing and upsetting. For at that time I had already made up my mind that imperialism was an evil thing and the sooner I chucked up my job and got out of it the better. Theoretically - and secretly, of course - I was all for the Burmese and all against their oppressors, the British. As for the job I was doing, I hated it more bitterly than I can perhaps make clear. In a job like that you see the dirty work of Empire at close quarters. The wretched prisoners huddling in the stinking cages of the lock-ups, the grey, cowed faces of the long-term convicts, the scarred buttocks of the men who had been Bogged with bamboos - all these oppressed me with an intolerable sense of guilt.
Nov 28, 2014 5:39 AM
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Well, first of all, I don't think that is worded very well. It should be "I could not put anything into perspective." With that out of the way, "to put something into perspective" means to compare it with something else, usually something similar, in order to give a clearer, more accurate idea. For example: The diameter of the sun is about 1.4 million kilometers. To put that into perspective, it would take a jet plane travelling at 550 miles per hour about 205 days to fly around it. In other words, I'm comparing how large the diameter of the sun is to something that is more easily understood.
November 28, 2014
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