a colliery district like Tevershall, only <prettier>


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Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(page 442, chapter 19) by DH Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(background: Mellors worked on a farm, and he wrote to Connie, saying the pits there were working badly.…)

The pits are working badly; this is a colliery district like Tevershall, only prettier. I sometimes sit in the Wellington and talk to the men. They grumble a lot, but they’re not going to alter anything.

I feel the pits are in a colliery area like Tevershall colliery, but(=only) the coal mining business in Tevershall is better(=prettier) than those pits.

Is that right please?
Thank you in advance
  • Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    No, it means that the area (the district) is more attractive (prettier) than Tevershall, despite the fact that they are both coal-mining districts.


    Senior Member
    English - US
    This colliery district is prettier (better looking, more pleasing appearance) that Tevershall which is also a colliery district.
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