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    Default two or three marbles rolling around upstairs

    From《THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION》:
    One day, when I got a long, white beard and two or three marbles rolling around upstairs.

    what does the "marbles" refer to here?
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    Default Re: two or three marbles rolling around upstairs

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    From《THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION》:
    One day, when I got a long, white beard and two or three marbles rolling around upstairs.

    what does the "marbles" refer to here?
    Thanks!
    Marbles is slang for your mind. We often say, "He's lost his marbles." That could mean he's done something really crazy, indicating he's temporarily lost his mind. It could also mean be used to refer to a senile old person, although that's not a very nice thing to say!

    In this case he probably means that he will (when he's old) be in the process of "losing his marbles" upstairs (that is, in his head.) They are starting to detach and roll around. In fact, I feel that more and more these days. How about you?

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    Default Re: two or three marbles rolling around upstairs

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    From《THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION》:
    One day, when I got a long, white beard and two or three marbles rolling around upstairs.

    what does the "marbles" refer to here?
    Thanks!
    Further to what kfredson said...
    We often say 'lose (all) one's marbles', and it usually refers to a specific act or situation.

    A...Why did she marry him! What does she see in him!
    B...Who knows! I think she just lost all her marbles.

    In masterding's situation, as kfredson said, it is referring to an old person becoming senile. But I have a different interpretation than kfredson's.

    I think it refers to the advanced stage of senility, not the start of it. The speaker is indicating that he will have already lost all but 2 or 3 of his marbles.
    To me, "rolling around" in that sentence just means still being there.

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    Default Re: two or three marbles rolling around upstairs

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Further to what kfredson said...
    We often say 'lose (all) one's marbles', and it usually refers to a specific act or situation.

    A...Why did she marry him! What does she see in him!
    B...Who knows! I think she just lost all her marbles.

    In masterding's situation, as kfredson said, it is referring to an old person becoming senile. But I have a different interpretation than kfredson's.

    I think it refers to the advanced stage of senility, not the start of it. The speaker is indicating that he will have already lost all but 2 or 3 of his marbles.
    To me, "rolling around" in that sentence just means still being there.
    That makes sense to me. Thanks, 2006.

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