a fine thing it'd be if ...

novice_81

Senior Member
German
Hi

Two women are talking. One, crying, says the other one that she punished her son for he met again with a girl named Ethel.

I punished him for going near Ethel again. A fine thing it’d
be if the last thing I ever did to my own poor little boy was
to punish him! (The Witches/Peter Curtis)

I'm not sure what she's trying to say in that bolded sentence?
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    This is a common ironic exclamation: A fine thing it would be . . . = What a shameful thing it would be . . .!
     

    novice_81

    Senior Member
    German
    So she's saying it would be a shame for her if she punished him and then he would die for example because he was ill.

    I didn't write it in my 1st post but her son is ill.
     
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