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I am watching / reading a Visual novel and I am having a little difficulty understanding this phrase. Is this some kind of idiom?

Here is the full sentence:

..I'm watching someone I know very well. A tall man with deep-featured face, who to my knowledge has never told a joke, is patting my head.

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    A tall man (with deep-featured face), who (to my knowledge) has never told a joke, is patting my head. If you get rid of all modifiers, it becomes "A tall man is patting my head." – user140086 Jun 12 '16 at 8:00
  • ohh i understand, so this is adding extra information about that person. Right? – Kanishka Jun 12 '16 at 8:08
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    @VijayGautam Yep, it's not about who he told the joke to. – Mr Lister Jun 12 '16 at 8:18
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    You can Google to my knowledge. It means "as far as I know". Please make sure you capitalize the personal pronoun "I". – user140086 Jun 12 '16 at 8:24
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A tall man (with deep-featured face), who (to my knowledge) has never told a joke, is patting my head.

is basically the same as the following sentence if you get rid of the prepositional phrases and relative clause.

A tall man is patting my head

To my knowledge means "as far as I know".

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the man have had a rough life

(the deep-featured face could be telling us this)

and because of this he haven't had much sense of humour so the jokes are not part of his person

Despite this he takes time to cheer up his friend by patting his head

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    The question was about the direct meaning of a phrase the OP didn't understand. Answering with your interpretation of what the writer wanted to imply is not helpful. – Colin Fine Jun 12 '16 at 9:52
  • I'm sorry I'm am not a native speaker of the English language and simply tried to help a fellow learner. – user172452 Jun 12 '16 at 11:21
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    @Sonea thanks for your help,your answer indeed helped me but Rathony's comment is much simpler and helpful for me, btw I up-voted :) – Kanishka Jun 12 '16 at 16:35

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