105. The paid manager acting for the company was in more direct relation with the men and their demands, but even he had seldom that familiar personal knowledge of the workmen which the employer had often had under the more patriarchal system of the old family business now passing away.


  • 该句的主干是The paid manager …was in … relation with …, but …he had … knowledge …,是but连接的转折关系的两个分句。
  • 前一分句的主语The paid manager 后是现在分词结构对其进行解释。
  • but 后的分句的主干是he had knowledge,which引导的定语从句对knowledge进行修饰;now passing away 则是对the old family business的修饰成分。

知识点补充:pass away意思是“停止,消逝”。如:Lots of wise old men were killed and lots of wisdom pass away with them.(许多有才智的老人被杀害,大量的智慧财富亦随之一起消失)。

have familiar knowledge of… 对…有熟悉的了解
patriarchal adj. 家族式的