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I could see that Ernest felt much as I had felt myself.

Hello, this sentence is from a book "The way of All Flesh". What does much as mean here? Is it a comparative structure?
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Much as-- I tend to see it much as some dictionaries do: as an idiomatic adverb, meaning in a similar way.
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Much as-- I tend to see it much as some dictionaries do: as an idiomatic adverb, meaning in a similar way. Perhaps we can view it as Ernest felt much (the same way) as I had felt. Much here is obviously an adverb.