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Would you help me with the sentence below quoted from WINESBURG, OHIO ?

"That is to confound you." ( I'm sorry to have you think about dirty words.)

The discourse is like this:

・・・Sometimes, in a playful mood, old Doctor Reefy took from his pockets a handful of the paper balls and threw them at the nursery man. "That is to confound you, you blithering old sentimentalist," he cried, shaking with laughter. ・・・

As for the sentence, "That is to confound you.", I know what it means. However, I don't know what the subject 'that' indicates ? I don't think it indicates the paper balls because the subject is singular. What does it indicate ?

Is there any special phrase like " That is to do・・” ?

Would you explain the sentence grammatically ?



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