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vietnamese - Vietnam
Can someone please help me clarify this sentence? I can't grasp its meaning :confused:
The narrator looks at a photograph capturing two young people. "They were pale but they were Negroes. How could you tell they were Negroes? By little more than that they had nothing to hide." - The Human stain, Philip Roth.
I checked the definition of "little more than" but i could not figure it out in this context.
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    How could you tell <something>?

    I could tell by the fact that they had nothing to hide. I had little more information than that, but that was enough.
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