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What does "In order that I may situate myself in this narrative," mean? Thank you! CONTEXT: Mr Buller at the Admiralty informs me that you are desirous of knowing something of the sea career of James Dyer whom I understand to have been your particular friend. Knowing that I sailed upon the Aquilorx as Chaplain throughout much of the '50s, Mr Buller suggests I might furnish you with some recollections which — craving your indulgence for the distortions of memory occasioned by the passing of some twenty years — I shall now endeavour to do. In order that I may situate myself in this narrative, let me say only that I came aboard the Aquilon in the spring of '53 having finished at the University. ﹉What does "In order that I may situate myself in this narrative," mean? Could you paraphrase or explain it for me? Waiting for your help, thank you!
Nov 4, 2017 5:31 AM
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"In order that I may situate myself in this narrative" = let me explain to you how I came to be a part of (or involved in) this story that you are about to hear . . .
November 4, 2017
Hi, The narrator is giving you information about where he was in the spring of '53. He's talking directly to you when he says it. He almost steps out of the story for a second to say, "I just want to let you know that I was here in the spring of '53 so that you have more information about me that will help you understand who I am and where I come from". Do you understand?
November 4, 2017
I think it's another way of saying "To put things in context". But maybe also "to explain where I fit in this story."
November 4, 2017
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