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lazarius
Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 7:41:36 AM

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https://books.google.com/books?id=crh8CgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&q=%22it%20may%20be%20quite%20different%20on%20beyond%22

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You can just see a little peep of the passage in Looking-glass House, if you leave the door of our drawing-room wide open: and it's very like our passage as far as you can see, only you know it may be quite different on beyond.

Isn't it one preposition too many?


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leonAzul
Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 8:37:29 AM

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lazarius wrote:
https://books.google.com/books?id=crh8CgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&q=%22it%20may%20be%20quite%20different%20on%20beyond%22

Quote:
You can just see a little peep of the passage in Looking-glass House, if you leave the door of our drawing-room wide open: and it's very like our passage as far as you can see, only you know it may be quite different on beyond.

Isn't it one preposition too many?


This is creative writing, not standard English. It plays on the relationship between prepositions and adverbs, and how almost any word can creatively be used as a noun. A more common expression for "on beyond" would be "way out there", but that doesn't convey the same sense of imaginative playfulness (or playful imagination) that this does.

I think it works well here, but I wouldn't dare imitate it.


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ChrisKC
Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 9:46:47 AM

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leonAzul wrote:
lazarius wrote:
https://books.google.com/books?id=crh8CgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&q=%22it%20may%20be%20quite%20different%20on%20beyond%22

Quote:
You can just see a little peep of the passage in Looking-glass House, if you leave the door of our drawing-room wide open: and it's very like our passage as far as you can see, only you know it may be quite different on beyond.

Isn't it one preposition too many?


This is creative writing, not standard English. It plays on the relationship between prepositions and adverbs, and how almost any word can creatively be used as a noun. A more common expression for "on beyond" would be "way out there", but that doesn't convey the same sense of imaginative playfulness (or playful imagination) that this does.

I think it works well here, but I wouldn't dare imitate it


I agree. It's called 'poetic license'
lazarius
Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 2:56:23 PM

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leonAzul wrote:
I think it works well here, but I wouldn't dare imitate it.

Thank you!

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