gentle but stern note?

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ddubug

Senior Member
Korean
Hi,

I'm reading 'Guinea Pig Diaries' written by AJ Jacobs.

Could you help me with this context?

<I've outsourced my life to a service company in India. I send my MasterCard number in an e-mail to pay. The CEO replied with a gentle but stern note: "In your own interests, and for security purposes, we advise you not to send credit-card information through e-mail. Now that it has been sent, there is nothing much we can do about it and we confirm safe reciept."
Damn. I know what he's thinking: How the hell did these idiots ever
become a superpower?
>

I think the CEO did right thing for his cutomer's sake, right?
Why this author think this way?
Damn. I know what he's thinking: How the hell did these idiots ever
become a superpower?

What do you think this 'what he's thinking'?I don't know....
Please help!
 
  • cropje_jnr

    Senior Member
    English - Australia
    I'm not sure I understand your question.

    "I know what he's thinking" is a sentence showing that the character who says it is hypothesising about another character's thoughts.

    However that isn't the phrase in your thread title, so you may wish to clarify your query.
     

    ddubug

    Senior Member
    Korean
    It's too difficult for me to make a title with this long context.
    I think maybe 'gentle and stern note' should carry the answer.
    So I got it as the title. But it's just my guess.

    My question is...

    What do you think about....

    What this author think about the e-mail sender's intention.

    He says, "I know what he's thinking', right?

    What do you think it(the author's thinking) is?

    That is my question.
     

    Driven

    Senior Member
    USA/English
    The customer is disappointed in himself that he sent the credit card via email. He thinks that the CEO is thinking, "How did these people (Americans?) ever become a superpower?" Since the author did something stupid he thinks that the CEO now thinks he is stupid and he is chastising himself for doing it.

    Does that help?
     
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