He was such an unnatural colour to look at that the men of roundabouts and waxwork shows seemed gentlemen beside him

chong lee

Senior Member
türkçe
Hi,
The quote is from the book "Return of Native" .
Speaker is talking about reddleman and his solute existence in the society.
I did not understand the quality of that people which makes them equal to reddleman. Could you help.

Thanks

He was such an unnatural colour to look at that the men of roundabouts and waxwork shows seemed gentlemen beside him; but he considered them low company, and remained aloof.
 
  • wandle

    Senior Member
    English - British
    Hardy's sentence is making several different points.

    (1) The men of roundabouts and waxworks shows were rough, uncouth labouring men.
    (2) The reddleman's colour was so strange that he looked much worse than the men of roundabouts and waxworks shows.
    (3) The reddleman's appearance was so rough that, next to him, the men of roundabouts and waxworks shows would look like gentlemen (rich, well-dressed men).
    (4) Even though he looked so much worse than the men of roundabouts and waxworks shows, the reddleman thought he was superior to them and he would not be friendly with them.
     
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