but as quickly I turned

enkidu68

Senior Member
turkish
Hi folks, this is cited from Wellingborough Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)
Question: It does not follow another as after “but as quickly I turned” like as quick as, so was his “lingering” as quick as his actions –bowing, thanking, turning- about going



She handed me the buttered muffins, too, as if performing a final act of hospitality; and in other fidgety ways vaguely hinted her desire that I should decamp.
Slowly I rose, and murmured my thanks, and bowed, and tried to be off; but as quickly I turned, and bowed, and thanked, and lingered again and again.
 
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    I think that he is trying to leave, but just as quickly, he turned back toward her and repeated the courtesies associated with leaving. In this way he stayed longer instead of leaving.

    It's not a use of 'quickly' that I would expect in current English writing.
     

    enkidu68

    Senior Member
    turkish
    Next ones go like this:
    Oh, charmers! oh, Peris! thought I, must I go? Yes, Wellingborough, you must; so I made one desperate congee, and darted through the door.
     

    sampathronjay

    Senior Member
    Sinhala
    Next ones go like this:
    Oh, charmers! oh, Peris! thought I, must I go? Yes, Wellingborough, you must; so I made one desperate congee, and darted through the door.

    Please give a considerable length of a text properly otherwise we can't understand.
     

    ain'ttranslationfun?

    Senior Member
    US English
    I see "I..tried to be off, but as quickly I turned..." as meaning something like "I...tried to be off, but no sooner had I done so than I turned...".
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    Slowly I rose, and murmured my thanks, and bowed, and tried to be off; but as quickly I turned, and bowed, and thanked, and lingered again and again.
    I rose slowly...but turned as quickly In other words, I rose rather slowly... and then I turned rather quickly.
     
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