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"I was only ten, and in that moment I felt very much a child. Luke was my big brother; I thought he would know what to do"

  • I felt like a child, quite simply. But, one say: to feel very much a [stranger, child, foreigner, friend, etc. etc.]
    – Lambie
    May 4, 2018 at 21:18

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The subject here is referring to his emotions. Children are inexperienced, and can become scared/overwhelmed in unfamiliar situations. Thus, he "felt very much [like] a child", not only because he was a child, but because his emotions in that particular situation identified with those of a child.

The construction "to feel a..." is not uncommon. See the below examples:

I felt a failure, because I lost the fight.

He felt very much a king, after buying his first mansion.


We understand that to mean:

I felt very much (that) I was a child.

I felt (myself to be) a child.

I was very aware at that moment that I was (only) a child.

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