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Brick's wife Maggie is clever and outspoken, and holds no small amount of contempt for Gooper and Mae's entitled attitudes and five spoiled and obnoxious offspring who run around the house unsupervised.

Is author indirectly saying that Maggie always like Gooper and Mae's attitude?

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Use of the word "no" as a determinant to mean "not a" is not particularly common in modern English, except in fixed expressions, eg "This is no joke" means "this is not a joke"

"Holding contempt for something" means believing it is inferior. The more contempt you have, the less you value something.

So Maggie does not hold a small amount of contempt for Gooper and Mae. Instead (we understand) Maggie holds a large amount of contempt for them. In other words. Maggie thinks Gooper and Mae are worthless. She does not like their attitudes.

  • please remove the word Instead in your answer. – Rami Lahock Aug 1 '17 at 11:45
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    @user60094: Why? It's entirely appropriate here. – Steve Melnikoff Aug 1 '17 at 13:05

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