1. She will never go back to her husband, she has done with him for good.

What does this sentence mean? What does 'do with someone' means?

  1. He is a strange fellow, I just can't make him out.

What does the second part mean?

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    You should ask the second question separately. – Nathan Tuggy Jul 17 '16 at 8:20
  • In the first sentence, it should probably be "her husband". – laugh Jul 17 '16 at 8:53
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    This question should have more details, starting with where you found these quotes. Context can make a big difference! Please edit it accordingly. (Also, are you sure the first reads, "She has done with him"? I would think it would be, "She is done with him.") – J.R. Jul 17 '16 at 8:59
  • The construction "she has done with him for good" is found in Mr Magsdale's Courtship by Edward Cuming, as published in four parts in 1888 in Chamber's Journal of Popular Literature. – P. E. Dant Jul 17 '16 at 21:12
  1. done with
    to end relations with

I assume you meant "She will never go back to her husband, she is done with him for good". She has ended her relation/relationship with him forever.

  1. make out
    : to form an opinion or idea about : conclude

So the speaker cannot make any conclusions or form opinions about the strange fellow. As J.R. points out, we might simply say that the speaker cannot understand the strange fellow. This would include understanding his

  1. feelings
  2. thoughts
  3. personality

or other aspects regarding this person.

  • A good paraphrase for #2 would be, "I can't understand him." – J.R. Jul 17 '16 at 9:03
  • I agree, but I wasn't sure if OP would understand that, so I did not include it. – Em. Jul 17 '16 at 9:07
  • For a leaner, I think "understand" would be easier to figure out than "conclude." – J.R. Jul 17 '16 at 9:12
  • That's interesting. I think it has potential to be misunderstood. I was thinking that a learner might think that it would mean understand the fellow's words, or something like that. – Em. Jul 17 '16 at 9:14
  • That's a good point. It's (usually) more like the person's mannerisms and quirks that are hard to understand. In any event, I thought it was worth trying to clarify a bit more. – J.R. Jul 17 '16 at 9:20

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