by his proud though condescending mistress

chong lee

Senior Member
türkçe
Hi,
The quote is from The Return of the Native, by Thomas Hardy.

Please find Bennymix's post which gives sequence for a reference.

http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2940486

Or you may prefer a web reference (thanks PaulQ).

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Return_of_the_Native

He (Wildeve) is there for a secret meeting with his ex -Eustacia.

What does it mean "by his proud though condescending mistress"?

Thanks

He waited in his customary manner by walking round the enclosure and idling by the pool, for Wildeve was never asked into the house by his proud though condescending mistress.
 
  • se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I can't find any immediate context in either of the links of #1.

    The word "though", suggesting a contrast, makes me suspect that "condescending" may here be used in its older positive sense of "showing kindness to one's social inferiors". This sense occurs in Jane Austen.
     
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