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''According to a Gnostic legend, a war broke out in heaven among the angels, in which Michael’s legions defeated those of the Dragon. The nonpartisan angels who had been content to look on were consigned to earth, in order to make there a choice they had not been able to determine on high, one all the more arduous in that they brought with them no memory of the combat or, indeed, of their equivocal attitude.''

E. M. Cioran, Drawn and Quartered

I've got this text from above, and, given the fact that, obviously, I'm not a native, I have quite a hard time comprehending it. I don't understand, precisely, the words in bold, I mean, individually I do understand them all, but in this context I just can't come up with a correlation between them. Could someone explain it to me?

  • I found another question which appears to be relevant. If that doesn't answer this one, please edit to be more specific about what it is that you don't understand, and the question will go into a queue to be re-opened. – Andrew Leach Nov 19 '15 at 20:31
  • I don't think this is a duplicate question to the one cited above. That question is only asking what "all the more" means, This question is asking for the meaning of an entire phrase, one that only includes "all the more" – Languagemaven Nov 19 '15 at 20:33
  • One is the choice. If this choice had been made with full knowledge of the battle about to take place it would have been arduous. After all it is a choice about the EXISTENCE. Because the choice now has to made by those angels without knowing the context, the choice is all-the-more (meaning 'very much more') arduous difficult and hard work. – Hugh Nov 19 '15 at 20:34
  • @Hugh I understand. But then again, '' in order to make there a choice'' - what choice? One of their choices on earth, the place where they were sent? – Antonio Nanu Nov 19 '15 at 21:16
  • They were "non-partisan" angels; that means they did not make up their minds whose side they were on. My reading is that they had to make up their minds (without knowing fully what the situation was) whether to join "Michael and his Angels," or remain forever in ignorance, or, of course, join in on the wrong side and expect to be thrown into the pit. – Hugh Nov 19 '15 at 21:29