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justina bandol
Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 4:56:17 PM
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A young girl is reciting a poem she herself made up in front of her great-aunt.

'Bravo, bravo!' cried great-aunt Adelaide, waving her ear trumpet, apparently under the impression that this was the end. It by no means was, but she was delighted to discover it. She was not of a literary turn herself and could not get over Evangeline having made it up. [...] Evangeline continued.

(from Nurse Matilda goes to town by Christianna Brand)

I'm trying to decide what the meaning of get over is here. It usually seems to suggest surpassing something unpleasant, but here the poem appears to be something positive. Or do I get it wrong? What does the second it of the quote signify?

Thank you.
NKM
Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 5:59:57 PM

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"She couldn't get over it" means that she couldn't couldn't believe how wonderful it was, or couldn't deny/suppress her emotion (joy/surprise/awe).
thar
Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 6:37:49 PM

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As NKM says, of course, but here is a definition

Collins dict:
Quote:
get over
in British English
verb
1.
to cross or surmount (something)
the children got over the fence
2. (intr, preposition)
to recover from (an illness, shock, etc)
3. (intr, preposition)
to overcome or master (a problem)
you'll soon get over your shyness
4. (intr, preposition)
to appreciate fully
I just can't get over seeing you again


I disagree with that definition, actually - it is much more 'could not get past the surprise, disbelief'.
Only in the negative - you can't get over how great something is.
justina bandol
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 12:09:22 AM
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Thank you both. It's been a while. Forgive me, thar, but I can't get over seeing you both again.
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