What are meanings of the word "ever" and phrase "faint check"? Poirot said slowly: "An old woman of the name of Ascher who keeps a little tobacco and newspaper shop has been found murdered." I think I felt ever so slightly damped. My interest, quickened by the sound of Andover, suffered a faint check. I had expected something fantastic — out of the way! The murder of an old woman who kept a little tobacco shop seemed, somehow, sordid and uninteresting.
Nov 1, 2018 5:20 PM
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>ever (so) "ever so" is often used as an alternative for "very" or "to a large degree/extent." It adds emphasis. (EDIT: deleted an incorrect statement) >check Here, "check" has the meaning of "control, restraint" or a "stopping or slowing of progress." His interest is being checked, i.e. it is being controlled or lessened, by the fact that the crime is not as fantastic or out of the ordinary as he had hoped. I hope this helps!
November 1, 2018
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