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Daemon
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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Kindred spirits alone do not change with changing years.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)
Miriam...
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 9:39:19 AM

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I am a little dull this morning; I don't understand the use of "alone" in Ms. Montgomery's quote. Please help me out TFD friends.

Thank you,

Miriam

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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 12:04:12 PM
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I interpret this as meaning that the only things in the world that do not change over time are kindred spirits.
jcbarros
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 12:12:33 PM

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I´m nor sure of that.
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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 12:21:24 PM
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Here is the quote in context, in case that helps get a sense of its use:

Paul was almost grown-up, too. He was sixteen, his chestnut curls had given place to close-cropped brown locks, and he was more interested in football than fairies. But the bond between him and his old teacher still held. Kindred spirits alone do not change with changing years.
(Anne of the Island)

What is your interpretation?
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Anne of the Island
Chapter XL
A Book of Revelation


The Irvings came back to Echo Lodge for the summer, and Anne spent a happy three weeks there in July. Miss Lavendar had not changed; Charlotta the Fourth was a very grown-up young lady now, but still adored Anne sincerely.

"When all's said and done, Miss Shirley, ma'am, I haven't seen any one in Boston that's equal to you," she said frankly.

Paul was almost grown up, too. He was sixteen, his chestnut curls had given place to close-cropped brown locks, and he was more interested in football than fairies. But the bond between him and his old teacher still held. Kindred spirits alone do not change with changing years.

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People who experienced some special experience or share similar experiences understand each other better and have a very particular place for each other in their hearts. This is what could be called kindred spirits, and this is what is happening in this chapter.

So, the word "alone" here is functioning as an adverb, in the sense that it is exclusively the kindred spirits (without help or without others) that do not change.
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Spirits alone don't change with changing years.
Miriam...
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 4:34:15 PM

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Thank you every dear forum members. I thought it might mean: Kindred spirits, even though they might be separated, do not loose the special bond between them; though they may change outwardly, their inner spirit remains the same.
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