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sami33

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Hi

Please I'm not sure about the meaning of "by sheer force" in this context:

Then the straw began and said: ’Dear friends, from whence do you come here?’ The coal replied: ’I fortunately sprang out of the fire, and if I had not escaped by sheer force, my death would have been certain,–I should have been burnt to ashes.’ The bean said: ’I too have escaped with a whole skin, but if the old woman had got me into the pan, I should have been made into broth without any mercy, like my comrades.’

Source: The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean By the Grimm Brothers.

Thanks
 
  • morzh

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    Russian
    Hi

    Please I'm not sure about the meaning of "by sheer force" in this context:

    Then the straw began and said: ’Dear friends, from whence do you come here?’ The coal replied: ’I fortunately sprang out of the fire, and if I had not escaped by sheer force, my death would have been certain,–I should have been burnt to ashes.’ The bean said: ’I too have escaped with a whole skin, but if the old woman had got me into the pan, I should have been made into broth without any mercy, like my comrades.’

    Source: The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean By the Grimm Brothers.

    Thanks
    Using force alone and nothing else.
     
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