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Hi

Miss Mayfield has just read a letter from her friend Mrs Baines. Mrs Baines eascaped from the village because some people were involed in the black magic there and she was afraid.

When Miss Mayfield finished reading the letter, the narrator said:

Detached from its background it could have been a

letter from someone slightly demented; as it was, it fell

slickly into place, another little piece of the puzzle. With

a quite ludicrous uplift of the heart, Miss Mayfield

thought, I was right about

her. She changed sides to save

Sydney; she brought the intelligence and teachability

which had enabled her to pass her professional examinations

to bear upon the learning of the Black Arts. She had

been disgusted by the ‘filth’. She wasn’t the convert they

thought they had made.

What does "detached from its background" mean here?

Does "teachability" mean her ability to learn?

I'm not sure how to understand the part that: she brought the intelligence and teachability

which had enabled her to pass her professional examinations

to bear upon the learning of the Black Arts.

I take it to mean that she used her intelligence and ability to learn to pass a professional exam, however I'm not quite sure about "to bear upon the learning of the Black Arts"?
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Hi,

Miss Mayfield has just read a letter from her friend Mrs Baines. Mrs Baines eascaped from the village because some people were involed in the black magic there and she was afraid.

When Miss Mayfield finished reading the letter, the narrator said:

Detached from its background it could have been a

letter from someone slightly demented; as it was, it fell

slickly into place, another little piece of the puzzle. With

a quite ludicrous uplift of the heart, Miss Mayfield

thought, I was right about

her. She changed sides to save

Sydney; she brought the intelligence and teachability

which had enabled her to pass her professional examinations

to bear upon the learning of the Black Arts. She had

been disgusted by the ‘filth’. She wasn’t the convert they

thought they had made.

What does "detached from its background" mean here? If you didn't know who the letter was from, you would think it was from someone a bit crazy.

Does "teachability" mean her ability to learn? Yes.

I'm not sure how to understand the part that: she brought the intelligence and teachability

which had enabled her to pass her professional examinations

to bear upon the learning of the Black Arts.

I take it to mean that she used her intelligence and ability to learn to pass a professional exam, however I'm not quite sure about "to bear upon the learning of the Black Arts"? She used the same intelligence and teachability to learn about the Black Arts. ie She could learn the professional stuff, and now she could use the same skills to learn about the Black Arts.

Clive
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Now it's clear. Thank you Clive!