He had a notion that he was being had.

Shahram kakaei

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Persian, Kurdish
Mr. Doran has a clandestine affair with the owner of the boarding house's daughter, which has recently been revealed. Her father is a drunkard. Now, he's considering the possibility of getting married to her to save his reputation.

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He had money enough to settle down on; it was not that. But the family would look down on her. First of all there was her disreputable father and then her mother's boarding house was beginning to get a certain fame. He had a notion that he was being had.

Source: The boarding house by James
 
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