ferocity in this solitude?

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nguyen dung

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In "Les Miserables" trans by Hapgood, page 65, there are the following sentences:
Was G—— a vulture after all? Yes; if he were to be judged by the element of ferocity in this solitude of his. As he had not voted for the death of the king, he had not been included in the decrees of exile, and had been able to remain in France.

What is the meaning of the bold phrase?Does this solitude of his result from his being ferocity?
 
  • Chez

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    It is very poetic language (not normal conversation at all).

    It is saying that G likes solitude. But he doesn't seem sad or depressed, he seems ferocious. It suggests that he seems hard and possibly angry in the way he insists on being alone.
     
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