Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    hela is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Tunisia
      • Current Location:
      • Tunisia
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    1,179
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Who is Tony in this text ?

    Hello,

    Does anyone know this text taken from Revenge and Other Short Stories by A. Sillitoe?

    1) Could you tell me if there are some printing or punctuation mistakes in the following passage?

    2) Who is Tony, a man or a horse? Why does the author say "our Tony"? What does he mean by that?

    3) What does he mean by :

    a) "It was a warm day": Was it a nice or hot or muggy or hazy day?

    b) "making a LAZY (or HAZY ?) atmosphere around the eyes": How would explain this metaphor?

    c) "smoke sneaking off at right angles to chimneys and telly masts.": Was it a breeze or a stronger wind?

    d) "By the pavement": "by" mean something like "from the pavement / standing on the pavement"?
    But wasn't he supposed to be in the yard?

    "Doris called for me at home, turned the corner, and came down our cobbled street on a horse. My brother Paul ran in and said: «Come and look at this woman (he was only nine) on a horse, our Tony!» and having nothing better to do while waiting for Doris but flip through the Mirror, I strode to the yard-end.
    It was a warm day, dust in the wind making a lazy atmosphere around the eyes, smoke sneaking off at right angles to chimneys and telly masts.By the pavement I looked down the street and saw nothing but a man going across to the shop in shirtsleeves and braces, then swivelling my eyes the other way I saw this girl coming down the street on a walking horse."

    Thank you very much for your help.
    Hela

  2. #2
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,020
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Who is Tony in this text ?

    Tony is the narrator- Paul's brother. Our + name is used in some regions in the UK when talking to or about family members.
    2 Nice, I imagine
    3 Not sure
    4 We only know that the wind was strong enough to drive the smoke from the chimneys at this angle.

Similar Threads

  1. TONY BLAIR SPEECH
    By azkad in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-Jan-2012, 19:40
  2. Tony
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-Apr-2010, 23:09
  3. Tony Hill
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 23-Aug-2008, 10:12

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •