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flop

Senior Member
italian/Italy
In Stevenson's "The Body Snatcher" there's a sentence I really can't understand, namely "You and K- between you, by the Lord Harry!" in:
"I was an ass till I knew you. You and K- between you, bu the Lord Harry!
But you'll make a man of me".
Can anybody understand what is meant here?
thanks a lot!
flop
 
  • ElaineG

    Senior Member
    USA/English
    Hi Flop,

    I'm moving you over to English Only, because this seems like a tough one. If you want to get a translation later, we'll move it back after we've gotten some feedback from our English experts.

    Thanks
    Elaine
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    mgarizona

    Senior Member
    US - American English
    Between is used in the sense of 'jointly' ... neither individual may be able to accomplish something but 'between them"/"between the two of them"/'jointly' they can.

    So, jointly "you" and K have the power to make a man out of the speaker.

    "By the Lord Harry" is a set oath, like "By Jove" ... the OED offers no explanation of its origin.
     
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