if thus easily they could precisely define, ashore,

enkidu68

Senior Member
turkish
Hi folks, this is cited from Wellingborough Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)
Question: Totally confused! What is the role of word “ashore” here? I am having difficulty of understanding whole sentence. It contains both “easily” and “precisely”


Lucky would it be for the pretensions of some parvenus, whose souls are deposited at their banker's, and whose bodies but serve to carry about purses, knit of poor men's heartstrings, if thus easily they could precisely define, ashore, the difference between them and the rest of humanity.
 
  • RM1(SS)

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    English - US (Midwest)
    if thus easily they could precisely define, ashore, the difference

    If, while they were ashore, it was so easy for them to think up a precise definition of the difference....
     
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