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'Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.'
It's the first line of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield.

I know sometimes station refers to some kind of rank in society, but in this sentence, the station seems to refer to some kind of state which is being a hero of one's own life. Can 'station' means some specific state?
  • Barque

    Yes, it can also refer to a certain position [in society/life]. The way Dickens has used it would be considered very formal nowadays, perhaps even old-fashioned.
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