Thank you very much, but ...
Posted by Tilde on March 23, 1998 at 13:06:28:
In response to ordination..., written by Kate on March 18, 1998 at 12:38:15
] In the introduction to my copy, the author (Marilyn Butler) says that RW Chapman, who originally said that JA has said this, made a mistake. It appears in one of JA's letters 29 Jan, 1813. The letter reads:
] "Now I will try to write of something else, and it shall be a complete change of subject - ordination - I am glad to find you equiries have proceeded so well. If you could discover whether Northhmaptonshire is a country of hedgerows I should be glad again."
] In an article in the Times Literary Supplement in 1968, Hugh Brogan and Mary Lascelles established that this should be read as though there is a full stop after subject... which means that the ordination relates to the following sentence, not the previous one.
Thank you very much for the quote. I only have one problem with it, the "second sentence" (starting with - ordination -) doesn't make sense to me at all.
Is there some quirk of the english language that I am completely unaware of or is the sentence - at best - awkward ?
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