he had seldom <been used with> patience

park sang joon

Senior Member
Korean
The protagonist, Philip moved in with his uncle Mr. Carey, the Vicar of Blackstable after his mother's death.

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That was one of the differences in his life which prevented him from seeing things in the same way as other people. The love of parents for their children is the only emotion which is quite disinterested. Among strangers he had grown up as best he could, but he had seldom been used with patience or forbearance.
[Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham]
I'd like to know why it is "with," not "to."
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
  • park sang joon

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Thank you, Glenfarclas, for your so very helpful answer. :)

    I was wondering if the implicit subject of "use" had malicious intention.
     
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    Glenfarclas

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    I was wondering if the implicit subject of "use" had malicious intention.
    That's a literary question. We don't know (from the excerpt you've given us here) what the intentions of the strangers with whom he grew up were, only that in practice they did not treat Philip with patience or forbearance.
     
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