The English sneered at how rough we were


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It's the movie "Lincoln".
Lincoln is telling a story about Ethan Allen
who, right after American revolution, went to England
to help his new country conduct its business with the king.
And when this Ethan went to London, according to Lincoln,
"The English sneered at how rough we were......
how rude and simple-minded, everywhere he went..."

I am having a little problem with this phrase.
Is Lincoln saying that English found Americans rough and rude,
or he is accepting the fact that Americans were rough and rude?
Hope I explained myself.

  • perpend

    American English
    The English found Americans rough ... rude ... simple-minded

    And I dare say there's not a word to it. :)
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