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I saw this sentence while reading:"The mansion was lovely-she particularly liked the topiary-but not a little intimidating." I don't understand the function of the not? from context she is intimidated, why is she saying she's not? Is little considered a negative and this is one of those stylistic double negatives?
Is the sentence just wrong? I remember seeing/hearing similar sentences in other older books and poetry but can't remember exact sources... thanks!