aching head

gil12345

Senior Member
chinese
Hi there,

“The carriages were promised, Meg and Mother were all ready to do the honors, Beth was able to help Hannah behind the scenes, Jo had engaged to be as lively and amiable as an absent mind, and aching head, and a very decided disapproval of everybody and everything would allow, and as she wearily dressed, Amy cheered herself with anticipations of the happy moment when, lunch safely over, she should drive away with her friends for an afternoon of artistic delights, for the 'cherry bounce' and the broken bridge were her strong points.”

Excerpt From: Louisa May Alcott. “Little Women.” iBooks. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott on iBooks

Actually I don't get the whole sentence, in particular "Jo had engaged...."
Who has an aching head?

Gil
 
  • Sparky Malarky

    Moderator
    English - US
    The closest definition in the dictionary that fits engage in this context is "to assume an obligation."

    The sentence really says that even though Joe was absent-minded, and had a headache, and disapproved of the whole thing, she had resolved to be as cheerful as she could.

    It sounds like there was going to be a party. Jo wanted to avoid the whole thing, but she was determined to be a good sport.
     

    gil12345

    Senior Member
    chinese
    The closest definition in the dictionary that fits engage in this context is "to assume an obligation."

    The sentence really says that even though Joe was absent-minded, and had a headache, and disapproved of the whole thing, she had resolved to be as cheerful as she could.

    It sounds like there was going to be a party. Jo wanted to avoid the whole thing, but she was determined to be a good sport.
    Thank you. I get it.
     
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