I am trying to read an English picture book to my daughter, but cannot understand this phrase "For my rest". The title of the book is Hattie helps out by Jane Godwin & Davina Bell. The phrase in question is used like this:

'When you've finished that, it's time for your sleep, Hattie.' 'For my rest,', said Hattie. 'I'm too old for a sleep in the afternoon...

Could someone please explain the meaning of the phrase?

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  • I find the phrasing of original sentence strange. It would make more sense to me if it were: When you've finished that, it will be time for you to sleep. But, that aside, it sounds like a play on sleep being a long event that starts at bedtime, and rest (like nap) being just a short event. Or possibly it's not the length of time being referenced, but a commentary on adults not falling asleep at all in the afternoon. (Which is a strange message, since many people do function better with afternoon naps—assuming they can get them.) Oct 14, 2018 at 4:51
  • In any case, I don't think dictionary definitions are going to help without more context. (Or possibly it's just open to interpretation.) Oct 14, 2018 at 4:54
  • @JasonBassford Have you never come across 'sleep' meaning 'a period of sleep'? Oct 14, 2018 at 8:23
  • @KateBunting Yes. But normally it's in the past tense, the indefinite article is used, and there's some kind of adjective involved. I had a good sleep. So, at least in terms of how I've heard it used, I find it odd (although not wrong) to have been used in this way. Oct 14, 2018 at 14:07

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Young children are sometimes encouraged to take a short [period of] sleep in the afternoon. Hattie evidently considers that she is too old to need to go to sleep at that time, but prefers to call it a 'rest'. 'For my rest' is just correcting what her mother said.

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