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Old October 15 2012, 09:49 PM   #18
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Re: The Linguistic Downgrading of the Romulans

Mr. Spook wrote: View Post
This dialog always comfused me:

COMMANDER: Must it always be so? How many comrades have we lost in this way?

CENTURION: Our portion, Commander, is obedience.

I really never understood the Centurion's line. Am I missing a reference to something? Becuase listening to it, is sounds like "our portion" is an answer to "how many comrades were lost." The "is obedience" throws me off. I feel kinda foolish for not getting it, but if anyone can enlighten me, I'd appreciate it.
From http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portion:

Merriam-Webster wrote:
Definition of PORTION
1
: an individual's part or share of something: as
a : a share received by gift or inheritance
b : dowry
c : enough food especially of one kind to serve one person at one meal
2
: an individual's lot, fate, or fortune : one's share of good and evil
3
: an often limited part of a whole
I always translated
"Our portion, Commander, is obedience."
as
"Commander, it is not our place to question."
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