AP English Literature and Composition 1.3 Passage Drill 7
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AP English Literature and Composition 1.3 Passage Drill 7. What is the meaning of the phrase "lady of fortune" as it is used in line 4?
|AP English Literature and Composition||Imagery and Figurative Language|
Passage Drill 7
|Diction and Syntax||Inferring meanings of words and phrases|
|English||Imagery and Figurative Language|
|Literary||Figurative Language in Historical/Cultural Setting|
|Product Type||AP English Literature|
|Vocabulary||Determine meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words|
win cash and fabulous prizes...
Correction: that one was canceled. Too many complaints.
Mainly from the lady that people were spinning. What does "lady of fortune" mean here? Let's
examine line 5 to find out, but just so we have some context, let's actually re-read
the entire first paragraph as well:
There once lived, in a sequestered part of the county of Devonshire, one Mr. Godfrey
Nickleby: a worthy gentleman, who, taking it into his head rather late in life that
he must get married, and not being young enough or rich enough to aspire to the hand of a
lady of fortune, had wedded an old flame out of mere attachment, who in her turn had taken
him for the same reason. Thus two people who cannot afford to play cards for money, sometimes
sit down to a quiet game for love.
The part that refers to a "lady of fortune" is implying that Nickleby would have loved
to marry a lady of fortune...
...but he started a little late in the game, and didn't have much moolah. So, he was old
and broke. Not really how you want to start your Match.com profile.
So, which of our answer choices sounds like the type of person who wouldn't be interested
in an old, broke guy?
A is out because Lady Luck isn't even a real lady...
C, D and E are out, because as much as prostitutes, pirates and gamblers all like money...
...they're not necessarily looking to marry someone with a lot of booty.
A wealthy lady, on the other hand, is probably accustomed to a certain lifestyle she wouldn't
want to relinquish...
...so she's probably on the lookout for an equally wealthy gentleman.
The correct answer is B.
Sorry, Nickleby. No champagne wishes or caviar dreams for you, sir.
for you, sir.