but for that, I might now ...


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A girl is talking with a certain lady. The girl told her something about a belt and the lady asked if she had ever seen that belt before. The girl said:

Once. That was what started all the trouble. At least, I
shouldn’t say that, perhaps. But for that, I might now . . .
I was about ten, see. Yes, four years ago. I’d got a bad tooth and I woke up with it aching. (The Witches/Peter Curtis)

What does she mean by "But for that, I might now ..."
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    "But" = except. We can't tell from this excerpt what she means. Apparently she goes on to explain: "I was about ten . . . " So the answer to your question is, I guess, in whatever comes next after the text you quoted.
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