what mystical power

SuprunP

Senior Member
Ukrainian & Russian
What mystical power gives to men of PERSISTENCE the capacity to master difficulties?
(Think And Grow Rich; Napoleon Hill)

This is how I read it:
Some mystical power gives to men of persistence the capacity to master difficulties. What is that mystical power?

Would you be so kind as to tell me whether it is possible theoretically to read the original question (in which case it may turn out to be complete nonsense though) or similar constructions as follows:

The capacity to master difficulties gives to men of persistence some mystical power. What is that mystical power?

Thanks.
 
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    No, there is no way I can read the sentence to say that the capacity to master difficulties gives men some mystical power.

    Men of persistence have the capacity to master difficulties.

    The writer suggests that men who have this capacity must have been endowed with that capacity by some mystical power - and asks the reader, rhetorically, what this mystical power might be.
     
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