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"I've told the headmaster again and again that you're helping your old friend Black into the castle, Lupin, and here's the proof. Not even I dreamed you would have the nerve to use this old place as your hideout --"

I don't quite get what the sentence (in bold) tries to convey. It can be because I don't understand "not even". How should we understand the sentence?

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"Not even" is used here as an emphatic negation. The sentence can be rephrased as

Even I didn't dream you would have the nerve to use this old place as your hideout.

Which is basically saying: "How dare you?"

  • No, that's not right. The emphasis is on the I, not the dreaming; "Not even I - who already distrusted you - would have thought that you would do this." – Daniel Roseman Nov 28 '18 at 10:03
  • @DanielRoseman I felt the reworded sentence also conveyed that, because I felt in this case action was part of subjectivity (I wouldn't do this says something about me). But yeah, I made the emphasis clearer with a different placement of even. – Eddie Kal Nov 28 '18 at 16:19

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