Loneliness he did not find too bracing

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  • Full Tilt Boogie

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    British English
    I've got to say, after coming into contact with Melville here, it has persuaded me not to read his work. The man appears to have taken Jacobean circumlocution and redefined it.

    I take it by 'resume' you actually mean 'reduce'?

    If you mentally reduce the sentence to "Loneliness...he did not find...too bracing", you have the entire essence of the sentence. And I would posit that (albeit recognising the author's prerogative) the '...if anything...' could be considered erroneous.
     

    Lis48

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    English - British
    I would say that "if anything" goes with "he did not find." "He did not find loneliness to be too bracing, if he felt anything at all about it." But I can see another interpretation being "if veteran solitaires feel anything at all."
     
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