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Old April 22, 2014, 01:43 PM
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“That’s my principle, too,” said my uncle. “Let him learn to box his corner. That’s what I’m always saying to that Rosicrucian there: take exercise. Why, when I was a nipper every morning of my life I had a cold bath, winter and summer. And that’s what stands to me now. Education is all very fine and large…. Mr. Cotter might take a pick of that leg mutton,” he added to my aunt.
“No, no, not for me,” said old Cotter.
My aunt brought the dish from the safe and put it on the table.
“But why do you think it’s not good for children, Mr. Cotter?” she asked.
“It’s bad for children,” said old Cotter, “because their minds are so impressionable. When children see things like that, you know, it has an effect….”
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Do the red words mean 1. that is still important to me and 2.I don't want leg mutton?
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Old April 22, 2014, 03:43 PM
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Not for me means for me, no.
Leg mutton is wrong. Leg of mutton is what's meant here.
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But what does 'that’s what stands to me now. ' mean?
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He still maintains that having a cold bath is good for you.
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Old April 23, 2014, 08:43 AM
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Please understand that James Joyce's use of English is not standard or commonly spoken. It is worth reading.
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