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Turnpike
Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 7:05:31 AM
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Hi,
What does "There was no accounting for herself, that was a fact" mean, please?
There is this girl who was expelled from the school.


"The little girl managed to intercept the letter sent by the headmistress, though – so many mornings she had spent crouched on the landing, chilled to the bone in her nightdress, while she watched through the banisters for the post to come – and now she lay for what seemed hours in bed, sleepless, every night, wondering what exactly to say to her father, when the time came for her to go back to school and she had to tell him she’d been given the boot.

Funny, with so much on her mind, how something as trivial as being kicked out of school weighed so heavily on her
thoughts. There was no accounting for herself, that was a fact."
thar
Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 8:38:02 AM

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account for = explain

eg
It rained. That accounts for the water in the stream.

her/herself = her mind, her behaviour, how she reacted to the situation

so there was no explaining herself, her thought process and all the effort she took. It was inexplicable.
That was a fact is just emphasis, making it humorous.

It is funny (peculiar)
with everything else going on, with so much on her mind, (other, more important problems)


something as trivial as getting expelled was making her upset and making her do all she could to intercept the letter.

That was a strange reaction for a person to have, to get upset about that unimportant point. It is impossible to explain why she reacted that way, it really is.

Quote:

account for something
to explain the reason for something or the cause of something:
Rural Americans are often older than those in other parts of America and that may account for the slower adoption rates for internet access.

Turnpike
Posted: Thursday, March 4, 2021 1:04:10 AM
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Joined: 2/16/2018
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thar wrote:
account for = explain

eg
It rained. That accounts for the water in the stream.

her/herself = her mind, her behaviour, how she reacted to the situation

so there was no explaining herself, her thought process and all the effort she took. It was inexplicable.
That was a fact is just emphasis, making it humorous.

It is funny (peculiar)
with everything else going on, with so much on her mind, (other, more important problems)


something as trivial as getting expelled was making her upset and making her do all she could to intercept the letter.

That was a strange reaction for a person to have, to get upset about that unimportant point. It is impossible to explain why she reacted that way, it really is.

Quote:

account for something
to explain the reason for something or the cause of something:
Rural Americans are often older than those in other parts of America and that may account for the slower adoption rates for internet access.


Thank you, Thar! ;-)
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