I knew as well (), when I saw my mother's head lean down upon his shoulder, and her arm touch~.

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park sang joon

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Korean
The narrator recalls his childhood.
He lives with his mother, Peggotty the only maid of his house, and his stepfather Mr. Murdstone in his late father's house.

He drew her to him, whispered in her ear, and kissed her. I knew as well, when I saw my mother's head lean down upon his shoulder, and her arm touch his neckㅡI knew as well that his could mould her pliant nature into any form he chose, as I know, now, that he did it.
[David Copperfield by Charles Dickens]
I'd like to know if "as people may know." is implied after "as well."
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
  • The Newt

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    English - US
    The comparison is between "that his [head] could mould her pliant nature etc." and "that he did it." He knew the one thing equally well as he knows, now, the other.
     

    RM1(SS)

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    I think that it's "I knew X as well as I now know Y."

    I knew as well, when I saw my mother's head lean down upon his shoulder, and her arm touch his neckㅡI knew as well that his could mould her pliant nature into any form he chose, as I know, now, that he did it.


    Cross-posted with The Newt.
     

    park sang joon

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    Korean
    Thank you, The Newt and RM1(SS), for your very helpful answer.:)
    Then, I was wondering how "I knew as well" can use "as I know, now, that he did it" from the clause after the long dash.
     
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