these things never hang on one person.

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Hi all, would you tell me the meaning of the sentence in the title? It's from Love letters by Katie Fforde.

A woman is speaking at a party for writers who attend a literature festival. She is said to have done more than anyone else to get the literary going.

"It's very sweet of Rupert to say those kinds words about me, but these things never hang on one person, however much that may seem to be the case."

  • MilkyBarKid

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    British English
    Despite his kind words about her efforts, she is being polite and indicating that the impetus and organization of such an event takes more than one person - that is, there are many people to be given credit, not just me.


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    British English
    No matter how important Rupert is, or appears to be, the success of the literary festival will depend on [the opinions of] all those who attend. Depend = hang.
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