In the sentence given below

It would be well for us to admire what is worthy of admiration in such a people, rather than to carp about their errors.

I think the reference is made to some of the people who arr worthy of admiration, then why what is used. I think it should be who


In this sentence, "what" doesn't actually refer to the people themselves, but to something about them (most likely some element or elements of their character) that is worthy of admiration. That is why "what" is used, and is correct.

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