would have taken such an experience without <a> ruffle

JJXR

Senior Member
Russian
Hello to all,

Thanks for reading my post.


Source:

A brief history of snow

Sample sentence:

One newspaper, the Hartford Courant, ran an editorial that captured the public mood: "It is the boasting and progressive 19th century that is paralyzed, while the slow-going 18th would have taken such an experience without a ruffle . . . There comes a snowstorm – there is no railroad, no telegraph, no horse-car, no milk, no delivery of food at the door. We starve in the midst of plenty . . . it is only a snowstorm, but it has downed us."

Question:

The "a" in bold is included in the original. Would the sentence be correct without it?


Thanks a lot for any comments, corrections or suggestions!

Regards,
JJXR
 
  • kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    WR dictionary

    ruffle
    disturbance or vexation;
    annoyance;
    irritation: It is impossible to live without some daily ruffles to our composure.
     
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