best of an undeniably bad bargain

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chong lee

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The quote is from the story "The Sheep" by H. H. Munro.

I did not understand "...hoped that she might make the best of an undeniably bad bargain".

Could you explain it ; thank you.

"Why in the name of all that is unnecessary and perverse should Kathleen choose this man for her future husband?" was the question that Rupert asked himself ruefully. There was young Malcolm Athling, as nice-looking, decent, level-headed a fellow as any one could wish to meet, obviously her very devoted admirer, and yet she must throw herself away on this pale-eyed, weak-mouthed embodiment of self-approving ineptitude. If it had been merely Kathleen's own affair Rupert would have shrugged his shoulders and philosophically hoped that she might make the best of an undeniably bad bargain. But Rupert had no heir; his own boy lay underground somewhere on the Indian frontier, in goodly company. And the property would pass in due curse to Kathleen and Kathleen's husband.
  • The Newt

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    English - US
    "A bad bargain" is a bad deal, a bad arrangement, a bad situation. "Making the best" of it would mean putting on a good face and doing as well as one could under circumstances that were far from ideal.
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