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Wu Ting
How would you interpret the last sentence? They seem so thrilled to pounce, these press men. Not before, when I was nobody of consequence, only now. Mrs. Brown says envy plays into it. “There are some who’d hardly lift a finger for kindness, but they would haul up a load of rock to dump on some soul they think’s been too lucky. They take it as duty, to equal out life’s misery.” “They think I’ve been too lucky?” She sighed. “Mr. Shepherd, it’s what you’ve said a hundred times, they don’t know a person’s whole story. They think you just sit in your little room making up tales and getting bags of money for it, while they have to go out rain or shine and talk to Mrs. Smith on Charlotte Street about a pie contest. They’re put out with you for having an easier life.” “Mrs. Brown, who in this world has an easier life?”How would you interpret the last sentence? Does the speaker mean whose life is easier, his or the life of the people who are envious of him? OR does the speaker mean who has an easy life, indicating that no one has an easy life? Thanks! And this excerpt is taken from The Lacuna by Kingsolver.
Jun 5, 2015 2:47 AM
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Thank you.
June 6, 2015
The latter, each person has their own struggles - no such thing as an easy life!
June 5, 2015
I think it's your second interpretation. He's saying that the way the world is, no one has an easier life.
June 5, 2015
Wu Ting
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