The young moon lies on her back tonight as is her habit in the tropics, and as, I think, is suitable if not seemly for a virgin. Not a star but might not shoot down and accept the invitation to become her lover.” (No Signposts in the Sea by V. Sackville-West)
My question here lies in how to understand the second sentence:
- Not a star but might not shoot down and accept the invitation to become her lover.
One thing I don't quite understand is the use of “not” and “but might not”. Does that conform to any grammatical rule? And if it does, please tell me how it works. According to my lecturer the sentence should be paraphrased as “every single star might come down quickly and accept the invitation to become her lover." Do you think it is right?