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jourderose

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Turkish
Hello,

Could you explain what "he would as soon sit on it as burst in on her in the lavatory" means here?

HAD NEVER ONCE SAT AT THE PIANO WHILE SHE WAS ALIVE – THE PIANO STOOL WAS SACRED TO HER, HE WOULD AS SOON SIT ON IT AS BURST IN ON HER IN THE LAVATORY –

I know the saying "burst in on sb" means enter into a room suddenly but here I couldn't get the link between "as soon sit on the piano stool" then "as burst in..."

Does the author imply something else?

Thank U!
 
  • outeast

    Senior Member
    English (UK)
    He had a profound respect (or fear!) of her; and one mixed up with a strong sense of manners and propriety. Hence he would be appalled at walking in on her in the lavatory - it would be a horrific invasion of privacy and a breach of an impassable boundary. Similarly, to use her piano stool would be shocking - not just wrong, but a kind of invasion of her personal space. (Perhaps the same effect might be achieved more understandably if the sentence was '...he would as soon sit on it as put on her underwear.')
     

    jourderose

    Member
    Turkish
    He had a profound respect (or fear!) of her; and one mixed up with a strong sense of manners and propriety. Hence he would be appalled at walking in on her in the lavatory - it would be a horrific invasion of privacy and a breach of an impassable boundary. Similarly, to use her piano stool would be shocking - not just wrong, but a kind of invasion of her personal space. (Perhaps the same effect might be achieved more understandably if the sentence was '...he would as soon sit on it as put on her underwear.')


    Thank U!!
     
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