And there was something about this man she instinctively liked, but in the same platonic fashion in which he seemed to see her.

source from Single White Woman

"in the same platonic fashion" what is in the same with "platonic fashion"? How can one man see a woman in "platonic fashion"?

Actually, I don't understand this sentence at all.

  • I think it is the word "platonic" that you are looking for. Please take a look at this link to get the meaning of it. yourdictionary.com/platonic It expresses about a relationship without sexual activity. And "fashion" here just means the way he seemed to see her, which is the same way she seemed to see him -- in a platonic way. – holydragon Apr 19 '18 at 1:36
  • @holydragon, Acutally, It's easy to find and figure out "platonic" as I just need to look up it in English-Chinese dictionary. And I have done it. As Michael Rybkin said, "fashion" in here more confused me than "platonic" :) – Zhang Apr 19 '18 at 1:48
  • Finally, I understand it, With the help of Michael Rybkin. In this sentence, the most confused me is neither "polatonic" nor "fashion". It's "in the same", at first, I didn't know which in the same with which. Then, I thought it was "he liked her in the way same with her liked him". But all are wrong. It's she liked him in a way in the same with platonic way. – Zhang Apr 19 '18 at 2:34
  • Next time, please try to do a better job of explaining what you understand and what you don’t understand in your question itself, rather than in the comments below your question. – J.R. Apr 19 '18 at 2:47
  • @J.R. I have explained. And sometimes, I can't understand the entire sentence, and when I finally understand it, I just know which is the most confused me. – Zhang Apr 19 '18 at 2:50

The noun fashion as used in your sentence means way or manner. It doesn't mean style or clothing. Platonic means intimate and affectionate but not sexual. It comes from the expression Platonic love (a type of love that is not sexual in nature). So, what this sentence is saying is that the man and the woman liked each other, but not in a sexual kind of way as you would normally expect since they are two people of opposite genders. In other words, they did not sleep with each other. Let's do a little paraphrasing:

And there was something about this man she instinctively liked, but in the same nonsexual way in which he seemed to see her.

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  • "In the same way" means "He instictively liked her"? – Zhang Apr 19 '18 at 1:55
  • in the same way means done in the same manner. For example, I did it and he did it too in the same way. This means that he did it the exact same way as I did it. – Michael Rybkin Apr 19 '18 at 1:59
  • I almost understand "... she ... liked" is a platonic way, He seemed to like her in that way. But I don't understand why it uses a "but" ("but in the same platonic ....") – Zhang Apr 19 '18 at 2:05
  • The conjunction but is used there for a contrast because when you say a woman likes a man, most people think romantic love. So, you need to tell your readers that the kind of love she felt for the man was not your typical, sexually-oriented love, BUT it was Platonic love. So, she liked him, but not in the way a man and a woman would normally like each other (think sex). Do you understand it better now? – Michael Rybkin Apr 19 '18 at 2:10
  • ooohhhhh, I see!!!!! "In the same" means "she liked him" in the same way with the platonic way. and the "but" is understandable. Thank you very much! – Zhang Apr 19 '18 at 2:22

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