Here, now

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lilly jo

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Brazilian Portuguese
Hi everybody.

In Asimov's The Caves of Steel, a woman says "Here, now". What exactly is she trying to express? Here is the paragraph:

The robot clerks could have no knowledge of any of this, but they squealed as the crowd flooded inward and lifted their arms before their faces as though in a primitive effort at hiding. The woman who had started the fuss, frightened at seeing it grow suddenly so far beyond what she had expected, gasped, “Here, now. Here, now.”


Thanks you all,
L.J.
 
  • perpend

    Banned
    American English
    I wouldn't use the comma, and would just use "Here now, here now." To me it's an attempt to calm things down.
     

    lilly jo

    Senior Member
    Brazilian Portuguese
    I got the impression that she was trying to calm the others down, because she was frightened... Does it make sense to use the words "here now" to calm somebody down?
    Thanks, Keith Bradford and perpend.
     
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