Will not go unsold to

0935

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Hi.
What does "will not go unsold to" mean in the following sentence?


“The King of Portugal, Lord of Spices, has set... prices just as he pleases, for pepper, which, at any cost, no matter how dear, will not long go unsold to the Germans.”

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  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    You have split the sentence wrongly: for pepper, which, at any cost, no matter how dear, {will not long go unsold} tothe Germans.”

    will go = will remain [in a state of being]
    will long go = will remain for a long time in a state of of being
    will long go unsold = will remain for a long time in a state of of being unsold
    will not long go unsold = will not remain for a long time in a state of of being unsold

    and by resolving the negatives:

    will not long go unsold = will sell quickly

    So we have: pepper, which, at any cost, no matter how dear, {will sell quickly} tothe Germans.
     
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