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what does that mean? [Jan. 11th, 2011|07:32 pm]
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What does the "Well, I don't know what I wouldn't too" mean in the exchange below? I can't make heads or tails of it...

Tell you what, Sherry: if I had a wife, which I'm deuced glad I haven't, I'd rather have one like your Kitten than all the Incomparables put together.'

'You would?' said Sherry, staring at him.

'I would,' said Mr Ringwood firmly.

'Well, I don't know but what I wouldn't too,' said Sherry...

from Friday's Child

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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2011-01-14 05:25 am (UTC)
Ah, thanks! It's been bothering me forever.
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[User Picture]From: wednesday_10_00
2011-01-12 01:40 pm (UTC)
I think the modern English equivalent would be "I guess so..."
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2011-01-14 05:26 am (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification!
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[User Picture]From: sara_tanaquil
2011-01-12 02:37 pm (UTC)
It's British idiom. As weds_10_00 says, it means "I guess I would too." (The two negatives cancel out.)

I'm enjoying all the Heyer posts!
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2011-01-14 05:26 am (UTC)
Thanks for the confirmation!
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