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Wu Ting
How would you interpret the last sentence? At half past, the election news came back. Truman had been awakened and rolled out of bed in Missouri, informed he might not be on vacation yet. He didn’t stay up last night to listen to the returns; the Democratic campaign had not rented a suite or organized any party for that. They saw no need. While Dewey’s men popped the champagne in New York, Harry put on his pajamas, ate a ham sandwich, and went to bed early. Now the race was neck and neck, with many states still counting. By mid-morning it was Harry ahead by a nose. We didn’t move from the radio. Shortly before noon they called it. Harry Truman won. “Oh, Mr. Shepherd, it’s a day to remember. Those news men could not make a thing true just by saying so. It’s only living makes life.” How would you interpret the last sentence “It’s only living makes life”? Thanks! And this excerpt is taken from The Lacuna by Kingsolver.
Jun 2, 2015 1:05 AM
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"It's only living makes life" is a regional accent. Proper English would have; "It's only living that makes life." When he says "those news men could not make a thing true just by saying so" he is talking about how they said Truman would lose. But just because they said he'd lose didn't make him lose. You don't know what happens in life until it actually happens. Don't believe what others tell you about life, live it and find out yourself.
June 2, 2015
Wu Ting
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
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English