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hi,guys. I am reading the "Godfather" by Mario Puzo. the sentence below seems a little complex to me.

It is "He(the Godfather) had long ago learned that society imposes insults that must be borne, comforted by the knowledge that in this world there comes a time when the most humble of men, if he keeps his eys open, can take his revenge on the most powerful".

Anyone could kindly explain this sentence to me, thanks.
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Hi,
Here's the basic idea.

He learned that powerful people treat ordinary people badly.
He also learned that ordinary people can get revenge if they wait patiently for an opportunity.

Clive
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Incentive being the operative word

It needs a main clause in order to form a sentence.

eg I need an incentive to do my homework, incentive being the operative word.

It is a way of stressing that the word 'incentive' is the important word in the sentence.

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