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Cheburator

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Russian - Russia
Hello, everybody!

I've got this phrase:

"One great danger of these precincts is, that the very leaves of the trees are like so many ears, which carry all which is spoken to the King's own cabinet."

Could you please explain the exact meaning of "one great danger". I've got these guesses:
1) the only great danger of these precincts is... (there is no other)
2) one of the great dangers of these precintcts is... (there are several others)
 
  • Cheburator

    Senior Member
    Russian - Russia
    Florentia52, it's from W.Scott's 'Quentin Durward', Ch.2:
    "His companion looked round affecting an alarmed gaze, and said, "Hush, hush, Sir Varlet with the Velvet Pouch! for I forgot to tell you, that one great danger of these precincts is, that the very leaves of the trees are like so many ears, which carry all which is spoken to the King's own cabinet."





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