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gil12345

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Hi there,

Charles Dickens - Wikiquote

"Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. Fill your glass again, with a merry face and contented heart. Our life on it, but your Christmas shall be merry, and your new year a happy one!"

what does the underlined "it" refer to? Christmas? wine? How should understand the phrase? (why is it a phrase instead of a sentence?)

Thanks

Gil
 
  • truffe2miel

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    Hi,

    I think the work "stake" is implied here - "We would stake our lives on it", meaning that they are pretty sure the hero's Christmas is going to be wonderful. "It" seems to refer to the facts being betted on: nice Christmas & happy new year.
     
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