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Turnpike
Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2021 3:24:13 AM
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Hi,
What do the following expressions mean, please?
1. There is science for you.
2. At their most subtle.

Quote:
'Have the results of the post-mortem come in yet?’
‘There’s nothing in them we didn’t know already,’ he
replied. ‘The man died from shock and loss of blood – there’s
science for you, Harry Hall and his henchmen at their most
subtle.
It was “a frenzied attack”, as the newshounds would
say.’
thar
Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2021 4:07:19 AM

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The whole thing is irony.

shock and loss of blood - that is the scientific explanation.



At their most subtle - you should see them when they are being overly dramatic!
Turnpike
Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2021 8:40:36 AM
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thar wrote:
The whole thing is irony.

shock and loss of blood - that is the scientific explanation.



At their most subtle - you should see them when they are being overly dramatic!

But there is the "you" there, too.
You, Harry and his men.
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2021 7:48:27 PM

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Turnpike wrote:
thar wrote:
The whole thing is irony.

shock and loss of blood - that is the scientific explanation.



At their most subtle - you should see them when they are being overly dramatic!

But there is the "you" there, too.
You, Harry and his men.


He's telling him two things. He died from shock and loss of blood. That's the science for you. Then he adds the second part after the comma, "Harry Hall and his henchmen at their most subtle". Since it was a "frenzied attack", he is being ironic. There would be nothing subtle about a frenzied attack. It's a kind of joke.
Turnpike
Posted: Friday, April 2, 2021 2:24:40 AM
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FounDit wrote:
Turnpike wrote:
thar wrote:
The whole thing is irony.

shock and loss of blood - that is the scientific explanation.



At their most subtle - you should see them when they are being overly dramatic!

But there is the "you" there, too.
You, Harry and his men.


He's telling him two things. He died from shock and loss of blood. That's the science for you. Then he adds the second part after the comma, "Harry Hall and his henchmen at their most subtle". Since it was a "frenzied attack", he is being ironic. There would be nothing subtle about a frenzied attack. It's a kind of joke.

The British humour! :)
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