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Perhaps nowadays it is our demure contemplation of the Imperfect that the West and the East can meet in mutual consolation.

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It doesn't make any sense.

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    This question appears to be off-topic because as the OP himself notes, "It doesn't make sense". There is no point in asking us to "analyse" such an invalid sentence. Apr 11 '14 at 19:29
  • As Cees Timmerman suggests below, this is certainly an error, but it is present in the original. You may prefer to read the work in that form, which is much handsomer. Apr 12 '14 at 0:04
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Yes, it should be "through our demure..."

Because "our demure contemplation of the Imperfect" isn't something that's meetable.

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  • How can the East and the West meet "through our demure contemplation"?
    – Nico
    Apr 11 '14 at 13:50
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    By sharing an activity. Apr 11 '14 at 14:22
  • @user4550 perhaps both :)
    – Nico
    Apr 11 '14 at 15:02
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At first, I thought this sentence was an example of it-cleft, but the resulting sentence after removing the clefting makes no sense:

That the West and the East can meet in mutual consolation is our demure contemplation of the Imperfect

I cannot imagine how a meeting of the East and the West can be a contemplation.

This makes me think that a portion of the sentence has been omitted, for example:

Perhaps nowadays it is our demure contemplation of the Imperfect [that explains] that the West and the East can meet in mutual consolation.

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  • I'm not a native speaker and I don't think it's ungrammatical. Omitting words from a clause is known as ellipsis. See here.
    – Nico
    Apr 11 '14 at 14:18
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    I don't think you are right on the reasoning. It's simply ungrammatical as the OP said there. For an ellipsis, it's gone a bit too far.
    – user2492
    Apr 11 '14 at 14:25

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