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vkhu
Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017 7:30:53 AM
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they dragged him on shore, and found that it was a most curious leopard, spotted, and fine to an admirable degree; and the negroes held up their hands with admiration, to think what it was I had killed him with.

Original text: Robinson Crusoe

At this point, Robinson just shot and killed a leopard. The Africans congratulate him on this with hand signs. But I don't get the later part of the sentence. Is he saying he doesn't deserve the praising because of the way he did it (with a gun)?
papo_308
Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017 9:16:16 AM
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I think the negroes were just astonished because they hadn't probably seen a rifle before and it was
hardly imaginable for them that Robinson could kill the leopard at a distance with something
that could not be seen (the bullet).
I think it doesn't imply that Robinson didn't deserve the praise.
FounDit
Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:54:57 AM

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I agree with papo. They held up their hands in admiration when then thought of how he killed the leopard.

A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
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