As I understand a verb 'pursue' has different meanings here. Am I right or maybe there is one meaming for 'persue' and 'pursue' with 'out of'?

Cromlechs and menhirs, flint implements and neolithic graves, he pursued them ruthlessly; and his elder son pursued the portable trophies just as ruthlessly out of the house when he came into his inheritance.



I had to read the excerpt several times before I understood it, because "pursued ... out of the house" would make no sense on its own.

Fowles is indulging in word-play. It would make almost no sense to say "After his father died, he pursued his father's trophies out of the house". Only after the first "pursue" is it comprehensible - and in that context, suggests the same wild enthusiasm to get rid of them as his father had shown in collecting them.

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Yes, they indeed have different meanings.

flint implements and neolithic graves, he pursued them ruthlessly

here it implies he "continuously investigated or explored"


pursued the portable trophies just as ruthlessly out of the house

is closer to the meaning of his son having 'chased out' the portable trophies , in the sense that he threw them away, out of the house.

Note that the difference between pursued and pursued out of is the same as chased after and chased out of.

When you chase after someone, you follow them- in pursuit/ to catch them.

When you chase out someone (from somewhere), you want to kick them out of the place. There is a feeling of hostility involved.

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  • What about: You might think I'm going out of my mind But I'm chasing out my dream `Cause I would go to the moon and back Just to tell you how I feel. Here chasing out is the same as 'chase after'. – Vitaly Feb 6 '19 at 8:50
  • Well.. you might be right. There is no hard and fast rule to this. But I still think, in general conversation, 'chasing after dreams' sounds more fitting than 'chasing out dreams'. Song lyrics don't always use correct English. – akira Feb 6 '19 at 12:20

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