Life can surely only improve from here

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This is from the novel A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. Pamela and Ursula are sisters.

Pamela had (quietly) hoped for glittering prizes and a brilliant career and now feared that she would not be the bold woman she had hoped to be.
Ursula, sprawled on the carpet at Pamela’s feet, was declining irregular Latin verbs. ‘Oh, joy,’ she said to Pamela. ‘Life can surely only improve from here,’ and Pamela laughed and said, ‘Don’t be so sure.’

Would you like to rewrite the sentence highlighted in bold in an easier way for me to understand? Thank you.
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