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Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Thursday, November 2, 2017 5:29:56 AM

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Hello!

This is from "Gone With The Wind" by Margaret Mitchell:

“And who is it takes your eye?”

“Miss Ellen Robillard,” said Gerald, trying to speak casually,
(...).

“And you old enough to be her father!”

And me in me prime!” cried Gerald stung.


I don't understand the underlined part. Could you, please, explain.
Thank you!
thar
Posted: Thursday, November 2, 2017 6:17:24 AM

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It is a response to being told he is too old for her.

He says he is in his prime.

(the second 'me' for 'my' is just accurate transliteration of how it is said.


https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/in+the+prime+of+life
Quote:
n the prime of life
Fig. in the best and most productive and healthy period of life.
The good health of one's youth can carry over into the prime of life.
He was struck down by a heart attack in the prime of life.


https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/in+your+prime
Quote:
in (one's)/its prime
At the peak of one's or something's skill or physical ability; in one's or something's most successful or productive period.
In its prime, the company developed some of the most influential video games of all times.
I used to be able to bench press over 250 pounds when I was in my prime.


ie, he may be old enough to be her father, but he is not too old to have a chance with her! Whistle
The tone of voice will indicate how much he is joking, and how much he is serious.

Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Thursday, November 2, 2017 6:49:12 AM

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Thank you very much, Thar!
Romany
Posted: Thursday, November 2, 2017 12:25:28 PM
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It's also worthy of note that the phrase "And me in me Prime!" was a catch-phrase in the UK. It was taken from old Melodramas (stage shows) where it was used so much it became a familiar phrase...in the way that "Just do it!", is today. It is still a joke-phrase used a lot by actors & stage-folk, and always said in a melodramatic or humerous way, even today.

(Another, similar one is "Gone! And he never called me Mother".)
georgieporgie
Posted: Thursday, November 2, 2017 1:58:48 PM
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Romany wrote:
It's also worthy of note that the phrase "And me in me Prime!" was a catch-phrase in the UK. It was taken from old Melodramas (stage shows) where it was used so much it became a familiar phrase...in the way that "Just do it!", is today. It is still a joke-phrase used a lot by actors & stage-folk, and always said in a melodramatic or humerous way, even today.

(Another, similar one is "Gone! And he never called me Mother".)


Your humor tickled me, right down to the bone. Whistle
Romany
Posted: Friday, November 3, 2017 7:42:27 PM
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Georgie,

Am not quite sure why, but am glad to know that if I didn't achieve anything else on Nov. 2nd 2017, at least I got to tickle someone's bones! Dancing
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