~resented the intrusion of foreigners, <as> they called the people who came from London

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park sang joon

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Korean
He worked as assistant for Doctor South at a rural hospital for fortnight as soon as he graduated a medical school.
He was invited to a hop-field at Ferne by his middle aged friend Athenly, where the Athenlys goes every autumn.

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and Ferne while the hopping lasted was deserted. They were very exclusive and would have resented the intrusion of foreigners, as they called the people who came from London; they looked down upon them and feared them too; they were a rough lot, and the respectable country folk did not want to mix with them.
[Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham]
I'd like to know what "It's a damned sight nearer" "as" means.
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
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  • heypresto

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    English - England
    Here 'as' means 'which', and introduces a parenthetical comment. You could read it as " . . . resented foreigners (which they called people from London) . . .


    (No need to apologise - it's not such a terrible mistake :) )
     
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