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I cannot interpret the following sentence from Dickens' The Haunted House, particularly the bold parts. Can someone help, please?

If this should meet the eye of the gentleman who favoured me with these disclosures, I trust he will excuse my confessing that the sight of the rising sun, and the contemplation of the magnificent Order of the vast universe, made me impatient of them.

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  • Which phrase are you asking about? – bib Oct 22 '13 at 15:29
  • @bib Hopefully that works. It's likely that they are GR, but impatient is interesting. – Andrew Leach Oct 22 '13 at 15:31
  • the bolded words are my questions. – Hamed Oct 22 '13 at 15:37
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If this should meet the eye of the gentleman means If the gentleman happens to read this.

I trust he will excuse my confessing means I have every confidence that he will forgive mefor confessing.

  • you are right except for the meaning of trust. I have found out Trust has an archaic meaning of hope or expectation according to my oxford concise dictionary. so I'm pretty sure trust here means hope. dont you agree sir? – Hamed Oct 22 '13 at 16:18
  • Yes, you could say that. – Barrie England Oct 22 '13 at 16:21

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