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.
Last edited by vil; 22-Aug-2009 at 06:32.