Asked • 08/08/19

Clarify some archaic idioms ("but that" and "as the crow flies") in Dickens' "Bleak House"?

I have a question about a difficult paragraph in *Bleak House* by Charles Dickens.In chapter 2, I came across the following paragraph containing a couple of idioms which I can't understand completely, and believe are archaic: > It is but a glimpse of the world of fashion that we want on this same miry afternoon. It is not so unlike the Court of Chancery, **but that** we may pass from the one scene to the other, **as the crow flies**.I'm struggling with the two bolded phrases, *but that*, which I believe is archaic, and so I can't understand, andand *as the crow flies*, which I understand usually means 'in a straight line' but in this context, that meaning doesn't seem to fit.Please clarify the meanings of these two phrases in this context, as far as you are able.

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Genevieve G. answered • 08/08/19

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Stanford/Columbia/Iowa grad for writing, editing, proofreading

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