been absorbed into the family pool

minhduc

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vietnamese
Hello
This is an excerpt from Life after life by Kate Atkinson.

Ursula got the impression that one of the smaller Miller children was actually Renee’s rather than Mrs Miller’s and had, in a pragmatic way, simply been absorbed into the family pool

Would you like to explain the meaning of "been absorbed into the family pool" to me? Thank you.
 
  • Enquiring Mind

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    English - the Queen's
    The Millers, a family of generous morals, were never short of rations thanks to Renee, their eldest daughter, who had ‘connections’. Renee was eighteen and fully formed in every way and seemed to be a girl of most easy virtue. Miss Hartnell made it clear that she found Renee very wanting indeed although she was not averse to sharing in the provender that she brought home. Ursula got the impression that one of the smaller Miller children was actually Renee’s rather than Mrs Miller’s and had, in a pragmatic way, simply been absorbed into the family pool. (rulit.me)
    Hi minhduc, the "family pool" is Mrs Miller's children. Renee is the eldest of those children. Ursula thought that one of the smaller children was actually Renee's child, not Mrs Miller's, but had simply been absorbed (included) among Mrs Miller's own children and treated as if she was actually one of Mrs Miller's own children.
     
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