we live in the health and well-being of the sovereign as much as any vizier does the sultan

sophi979

Senior Member
Serbo-Croatian
Hi,
This is an extract from the movie The Madness of King George. Three peers are talking about the king's possible madness and whether there's any reason for concern.
One peer says,

We consider ourselves blessed in our constitution. Our Parliament is the envy of the world. But we live in the health and well-being of the sovereign as much as any vizier does the sultan.
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Would you please paraphrase the bolded sentences for me? I presume he's saying they depend as much on the health and well being of the king as they do in the Ottoman Empire, but I don't understand the second part of the sentence. What does the "does" refer to? And what does the sultan order better?
Thanks :)
 
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  • Matching Mole

    Senior Member
    England, English
    "Does" stands for "live[s] in the health and well-being of". It's a bit like a pronoun, a word that stands for something more complex, used to avoid repetition.

    "But we live in the health and well-being of the sovereign as much as any vizier
    lives in the health and well-being of the sultan."

     
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