Wu Ting
How would you interpret this sentence? How would you interpret the eighth sentence “Maybe that’s really why he doesn’t let it go, so I don’t catch on”? I think the phrase “catch on” means to understand. If so, I would say this sentence is kind of illogic. The narrator said “that’s really why he doesn’t let it go”. It means he understood. Then why did he say he didn’t catch on? PS: the whole story is about the afterlife. And in the previous context, the two guys picked up the girl, Leehee. Thank you. PS: the excerpt is taken from “Kneller’s Happy Campers” written by an Israeli author, Etgar Keret. And I’m reading an English translation. the context: When we got back to the car, I took over the wheel. All this time, Leehee was asleep in her sweats in the backseat. From the time we picked her up, I’d never seen her wearing anything with short sleeves. Uzi said he’d bet the Chevy she slashed her wrists, but neither of us had the guts to ask her how she offed and everything, and why. Not that it matters much. She’s cute when she’s sleeping, kind of peaceful-like, and except for the bit about finding the people in charge, which is way bizotic, if you ask me, she’s cool. Uzi can go on bitching all he wants, but personally I think he’s got a thing for her. Maybe that’s really why he doesn’t let it go, so I don’t catch on. Truth is, sometimes I think about it myself, that maybe I won’t ever find Desiree, and that maybe Leehee will fall in love with me a little too, but I snap out of it right away. Besides, I have this hunch that Desiree’s real close. Uzi says that’s a bunch of crap, that she’s probably way on the other side, and that wherever she is, she’s bound to have someone by now, probably some black guy who hanged himself by his dick. But I can practically smell how close she is, and how I’m gonna find her, and just because the best friend I’ve got here is totally strung out, that doesn’t mean I have to be strung out too.
Nov 13, 2019 4:39 AM
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I think that you've got the right idea, but the two parts are referring to different things. 'let it go' is referring to 'bitching about her', whereas 'I don't catch on' is referring to 'he's got a thing for her'. In other words, if Uzi keeps complaining about Leehee, (I) might not realise that he actually likes her.
November 13, 2019
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Wu Ting
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
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