as she said of herself

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She was a tall, erect woman with dark eyebrows, staid and dignified, and, as she said of herself, intellectual.

Does this mean:
a-she was intellectual and said so herself
b-she claimed to be intellectual but we can't tell from the sentence whether she was or not
c-she claimed to be intellectual but wasn't
  • Matching Mole

    Senior Member
    England, English
    The writer says she is intellectual, but as an aside, says that she says this about herself. In my view, the writer's description of her as intellectual has the same weight as the other statements. If the writer means that she is only a self-styled intellectual, and that the writer does not believe it, I think he or she has failed to say so. In other words, I believe (a) to be true.


    Senior Member
    English (England)
    I agree with Panj and MM - both the writer and the person herself claimed she was an intellectual. I think that the comma before the "and" is unnecessary and perhaps clouding the reading of the sentence.
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