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    His last book had been a complete frost./The room had a very meagre look./

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    His last book had been a complete frost. (His last book had been received very coldly.)

    When I went to see him that October I found him stretched out on two chairs, smoking the Brazilian cigarettes which he affected – and which always affected me, so black and strong they were, in their yellow maize leaf coverings.
    which he affected - and which always affected me (pun) = the author plays upon the two different meanings of the word affect, i.e. a) to be fond of and b) to produce an effect, to influence

    The room had a very meagre look. (The room looked very poor and shabby.)

    Her eyes swim, and her lovely bosom heaves.
    her eyes swim = her eyes are languid
    languid = lacking energy or vitality; weak, showing little or no spirit or animation

    I took the gold mine away and promptly rough-shaped it for the film.
    rough-shaped it = put it hastily into shape

    For a week I played them over terms.
    I played them (a fishing term) = I tired them out

    I could have made / brought at least two thousand pounds down which would have brought at least another two thousand pounds before the contract term closed; but I compounded for one that gave me three thousand pounds
    two thousand pounds down = two thousand pounds in cash

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 22-Aug-2009 at 07:32.

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    Exclamation Re: His last book had been a complete frost./The room had a very meagre look./

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    His last book had been a complete frost. (His last book had been received very coldly.) OK

    When I went to see him that October I found him stretched out on two chairs, smoking the Brazilian cigarettes which he affected from a very young age– and which always affected me to feel uneasy, so black and strong they were, in their yellow maize leaf coverings.
    which he affected - and which always affected me (pun) = the author plays upon the two different meanings of the word affect, i.e. a) to be fond of and b) to produce an effect, to influence. OK, the additions perhaps make things clear

    The room had a very meagre look. (The room looked very poor and shabby.)OK absence of right and proper look.

    Her eyes swim with tears, and her lovely bosom heaves a sigh of relief
    .
    her eyes swim = her eyes are languid
    languid = lacking energy or vitality; weak, showing little or no spirit or animation OK

    I took the gold mine away and promptly rough-shaped it for the film.
    rough-shaped it = put it hastily into shape I have no idea.

    For a week I played them over terms.
    I played them (a fishing term) = I tired them outOK

    I could have made (brought) at least two thousand pounds down which would have brought at least another two thousand pounds before the contract term closed; but I compounded for one that gave me three thousand pounds
    two thousand pounds down = two thousand pounds in cash. I think the word brought should not be there, otherwise OK

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    SKP

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