that great man

blwings

Senior Member
Korean-S.Korea
Bags of gold and silver Jack took home, but still his mind did lean towards another prize, and journey up the lucky stalk of bean. Hidden in his usual coner in the giant's house, he spied, bought for that great man's amusement, playing sweetly by his side while he slept, a golden harp, which Jack at once caught up, and ran, but the harp with human voice cried.
"Master, master, stop this man!"

This is from the old fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk, Walter Crane's 19th-century version. Does 'that great man' refer to Jack himself or is it a kind of idiomatic phrase in Crane's time?
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    "That great man" seems to refer to the giant.

    he spied, bought for that great man's amusement, playing sweetly by his side while he slept, a golden harp,
    To rephrase: ...he spied a golden harp, playing sweetly by the giant's side while he slept, [which must have been] bought for that great man's (the giant's) amusement...
     

    blwings

    Senior Member
    Korean-S.Korea
    "That great man" seems to refer to the giant.


    To rephrase: ...he spied a golden harp, playing sweetly by the giant's side while he slept, [which must have been] bought for that great man's (the giant's) amusement...
    I see, thanks very much!
     
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