been absorbed into the family pool

Discussion in 'English Only' started by minhduc, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. minhduc Senior Member

    Hanoi, Vietnam
    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.
     
  2. Enquiring Mind

    Enquiring Mind Senior Member

    UK/Česká republika
    English - the Queen's
    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.
     
  3. minhduc Senior Member

    Hanoi, Vietnam
    vietnamese
    Thank you.
     

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