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    Dear teachers,

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

    In people's eyes, in the swing, tramp, and trudge; in the bellow and the uproar; the carriages, motor cars, omnibuses, vans, sandwich men shuffling and swinging; brass bands; barrel organs; in the triumph and the jingle and the strange high singing of some aeroplane overhead was what she loved; life; London; this moment of June.

    sandwich man = a man who pickets or advertises by carrying a sandwich board

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    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 expression in bold in the following sentence?

    In people's eyes, in the swing, tramp, and trudge; in the bellow and the uproar; the carriages, motor cars, omnibuses, vans, sandwich men shuffling and swinging; brass bands; barrel organs; in the triumph and the jingle and the strange high singing of some aeroplane overhead was what she loved; life; London; this moment of June.

    sandwich man = a man who pickets or advertises by carrying a sandwich board

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

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    In the context of your paragraph, yes, I would say so. (You do read some eclectic stuff!)

    In more modern times, a "sandwich man" is also sometimes someone who provides sanwiches/rolls for lunch to offices, often travelling between locations in a van packed with food. It's a rather lucrative business, apparently!

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    Hi emsr2d2,

    Thank you for your explanation.

    The passage of question is from Virginia Woolf's "Mrs.Dallaway" (1925).

    Regards,

    V.

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