Such squeamish youths as cannot bear to be connected with a little absurdity are not worth a regret.

shiness

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Korean, South Korea.
But do not be cast down. Such squeamish youths as cannot bear to be connected with a little absurdity are not worth a regret. -From Jane Austen's P&P-


Hi.

What do you think is omitted on purpose, for the efficiency of space or for concision, in the underlined part of the quote? The meaning of the sentence is in dark overall.
 
  • maxiogee

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    But do not be cast down. Such squeamish youths as cannot bear to be connected with a little absurdity are not worth a regret. -From Jane Austen's P&P-


    Hi.

    What do you think is omitted on purpose, for the efficiency of space or for concision, in the underlined part of the quote? The meaning of the sentence is in dark overall.
    Nothing is omitted. Although Jane Austen was writing a long time ago the sentence would still be written the very same way today.

    In this sentence one might change the word "such" with "any", and the word "as" with "who".

    But do not be cast down. Any squeamish youths who cannot bear to be connected with a little absurdity are not worth a regret.
     

    shiness

    Senior Member
    Korean, South Korea.
    Nothing is omitted. Although Jane Austen was writing a long time ago the sentence would still be written the very same way today.

    In this sentence one might change the word "such" with "any", and the word "as" with "who".

    But do not be cast down. Any squeamish youths who cannot bear to be connected with a little absurdity are not worth a regret.


    Those changes perfectly suit with my understanding of the quote.

    Thanks a great deal.
     

    shiness

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    Korean, South Korea.
    By the way, do you think the modern writers are more likely to come up with the alternatives you provided with than the Jane Austen's ones?
     

    maxiogee

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    By the way, do you think the modern writers are more likely to come up with the alternatives you provided with than the Jane Austen's ones?
    If they have no style or skill they probably would :) Austen's sentence is beautiful, and it would be similar to what a good writer might write today.
    I don't know if people spoke like this in Austen's time - they probably did, but they don't nowadays.
     
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