tha thinks it is. An’ tha canna ma’e it horrid. Dunna fret thysen about lovin’ me. Tha’lt niver forc

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longxianchen

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chinese
Hi,
Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover( page 253, chapter 12) by Lawrence (planetebook,here):

‘It isna horrid,’ he said, ‘even if tha thinks it is. An’ tha canna ma’e it horrid. Dunna fret thysen about lovin’ me. Tha’lt niver force thysen to ‘t. There’s sure to be a bad nut in a basketful. Tha mun ta’e th’ rough wi’ th’ smooth.’

I now rephrase the part in blue: thou(=tha) thinks it is. And(=an') thou(=tha) cannot make(=ma'e) it horrid. Don't fret yourself(=thysen) about loving me. thou ought(=tha'lt) never(=niver) force yourself to (do) it(=to't).……thou must(=mun) take the rough with (the) smooth.

Am I right please?
Thank you in advance
 
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  • heypresto

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    English - England
    Yes, I think you've got it almost right. I would interpret 'tha' as the more modern 'you', rather than 'thou'. And 'tha'lt' as 'tha shalt', and so 'you will', rather than 'you must'.
     
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