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Post by navi » Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:29 am

1) Only one is a wanderer. Two together are always going somewhere.
2) One alone is a wanderer. Two together are going somewhere.

The first sentence is from the famous classic 'Vertigo' by Hitchcock.
Source:
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Vertigo

I understand the sentence. But is it grammatical?
How about '2'?

What does 'one' mean in that sentence?
Is that usage natural and idiomatic?


Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: only one

Post by tony h » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:59 am

navi wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:29 am
1) Only one is a wanderer. Two together are always going somewhere.
2) One alone is a wanderer. Two together are going somewhere.

The first sentence is from the famous classic 'Vertigo' by Hitchcock.
Source:
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Vertigo

I understand the sentence. But is it grammatical?
How about '2'?

What does 'one' mean in that sentence?
Is that usage natural and idiomatic?


Gratefully,
Navi
From your source the fuller quote is:
Scottie: Don't you think it's a waste, to wander separately?
Madeleine: Only one is a wanderer. Two together are always going somewhere.
Scottie: No, I don't think that's necessarily true.
This is a conversation about "wandering". A whimsical, take-me-where-my-fancy-takes-me type of travel.
Sottie's comment is to say: you are wandering [alone], I am wandering [alone] - how about we wander together.
Madeleine's reply is to say that the freedom to wander - go wherever I care to - is a feature of ONE person traveling alone. If you team up with another you have to jointly agree destinations so TWO PEOPLE are (in her mind) unable to wander, two or more people must be "going somewhere".
Scottie tries to rebuff the suggestion in order to keep the magic of wandering.

Personally I agree with Madeleine.

So "one" is "one person".

And, grammatically I think it is fine.
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