"On and on he philosophized,quite happily unaware of the ghee in the leaf in his hand melting gradually and dripping."

In this sentence, what does "happily" emphasize, philosophized or unaware?

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Happily in this case emphasizes unaware. For happily to emphasize philosophized, the comma would need to be moved from its current position after philosophized to after happily.


"Happily" is modifying unaware, though it is not in the sense of elation. Rather, it is in the sense of blissful ignorance.

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