Posted by kathleen (elder) on August 13, 1997 at 14:35:37:
In reply to Re: Methinks he doth protest too much posted by sherry on August 13, 1997 at 12:49:44
] Yes but I was asking about the "do not beat me" remark.
] It could mean what I said above or it could mean something like we use today "beats me". As if Mrs. Weston's idea could be just as valid as not. Which do you think?
Now I get it. Sorry, I did not read your original posting carefully enough.
I think either of your suppositions could be right -- it is a different use for us. Another alternative might be: you haven't won this argument -- don't think yourself too superior. (Said without sarcasm, of course, as Mrs Weston would not be sarcastic with Emma.)