help or hinder/ to ply with young women with alcohol
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18:32 Oct 30, 2007
This question was closed without grading. Reason: Errant question
English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / literature
English term or phrase:help or hinder/ to ply with young women with alcohol
He wondered if another Manhattan would help or hinder, and whether he should be plying with young with alcohol and then letting them go and fend for themselves out on the mean streets of London.
(Context info.: he -a private detective- and the girls met at the Langham and start talking about the death of another woman)
In my opinion the writer says :"He was not sure whether another glass of Manhattan cocktail would make the girl speak or not and he was also wondering that he looked like a man who cheated women with alcohol and then encouraged (or forced) them to work as a prostitute on the cruel streets of London"
...in such a state may be dangerous for them "on the mean streets of London". He has no other motive than getting the information he wants, and he is questioning his own method of trying to get it, knowing that it is not very wise.
The "fend for themselves..." part of the sentence is the opposite of what you think. He is worried, that giving them a bit too much to drink in order to loosen their tonque (tell him what they know about the death) and then letting them leave the Langham
This sentence doesn't have anything to do with prostitution. He is simply questioning whether he should be lowering someone's defenses by giving them alcohol and then letting them go out alone where someone might prey (kidnap, rape, mug) on them.
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2 hrs confidence:
help or hinder => to help make the girl talk, or to make her less talkative
Explanation: since you've asked the question about "plying young women with alcohol" elsewhere, there seems no need to reproduce others' efforts here.
The detective is merely wondering whether the alcohol he's offering the girl will make her give away any useful information, or if, on the other hand, it might have the opposite effect
Carol Gullidge United Kingdom Local time: 12:03 Specializes in field Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 56
good thing or not/keep persuading young women to drink alcohol
Explanation: He wondered whether another Manhattan (cocktail, as you say) would help or not, and whether is was right that he should be persuading young women to drink alcohol and then let them fend for themselves out on the mean streets of London.
They might well resort to prostitution if thus left to fend for themselves, but this passage does not say that they will.
It should be plying young women with alcohol, not plying with young women with alcohol.
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It is good English. I would need to read more of it before passing judgment on it as literature
Jack Doughty United Kingdom Local time: 12:03 Specializes in field Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 514
Notes to answerer
Asker: I'm sorry it was my mistake. There should not be with befor "ply".
Do you think this sentence is an example of good English or good literature?