What’s the full sentence for ‘no’?


“If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.”
No; I know I should think well of myself; but that is not enough: if others don’t love me I would rather die than live—I cannot bear to be solitary and hated, Helen. Look here; to gain some real affection from you, or Miss Temple, or any other whom I truly love, I would willingly submit to have the bone of my arm broken, or to let a bull toss me, or to stand behind a kicking horse, and let it dash its hoof at my chest—” (Jane Eyre)


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2I think this question was improperly closed, because the closevoters did not realize that bare No is often classified as a one-word sentence or as a pro-form standing for a complete sentence. I urge it be reopened, so that closure will not cause visitors to overlook it. – StoneyB on hiatus – 2014-03-30T20:40:47.067

@StoneyB I think the problem here was that the question isn't clear from either the title or the description. – Masked Man – 2014-03-31T06:03:11.957

The actual question is unfortunately only in the title, but it seems clear enough to me. – snailplane – 2014-04-02T05:08:39.803



No denies a proposition which precedes it. How far back the negation extends must be inferred from the context, which happily is clear here: the speaker denies the proposition you would not be without friends. Her response may be paraphrased:

No; that is not so, for I know that under the circumstances described in your conditional clause, I should think well of myself; but that is not enough to justify the conclusion you draw: I would be ‘without friends’, for that requires that others love me. And if others don't love me, &c

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