English as a Second Language/Ambiguity

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Hi Amy,

Please tell me to whom the pronoun "he" and "that man" are referred ?
Reword the last two lines for me.

Thank you

Best,

Hossein Saeedi

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Hi Hossein,

I believe "he" and "that man" refer to Chen.

"I will not share an alma mater with that man!"

"alma mater" is used to describe the university someone has graduated from.

Cui is revolted by, and opposes the idea that Chen would be even given the opportunity to attend the same university he did ("that man" is used in a derogatory manner here).

"That meant we were getting somewhere." simply means that they finally started understanding what was going on and that may have made possible further planning.

Hopefully this works out for you Hossein.

Please follow up if this is still unclear.

Amy

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