and gave away () to her sorrow before me, for the only time in all my knowledge.

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park sang joon

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Korean
The narrator recalls his childhood; now he came home from the boarding school for his mother's sudden death.
Peggoty is the only maid of his house.

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When the day came, I remember being awakened in the morning by the sharp strokes of a spade, and that I looked out of the window, and saw men working in the church-yard, underneath the tree, and went to bed and wept. I remember that I lay there sobbing, until Peggotty come up to help me dress myself, and that being in black dress for the first time, she wrung her handsㅡa thing it turned my very blood to see her doㅡand gave away to her sorrow before me, for the only time in all my knowledge.
[David Copperfield by Charles Dickens]
I'd like to know if "her" is implied before "to her sorrow."
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
  • Barque

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    Tamil
    No. "Gave away to her sorrow" is an idiomatic phrase meaning "allowed her tears to overcome her" or more simply "started to cry".

    You are more likely to hear "gave way to her tears" nowadays.
     
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