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    a vague square

    Could someone please comment on the meaning of the word vague in the following excerpt from Edith Wharton's novel Summer:

    The train roared into the Nettleton station, the descending mob caught
    them on its tide, and they were swept out into a vague dusty square
    thronged with seedy "hacks" and long curtained omnibuses drawn by horses
    with tasselled fly-nets over their withers, who stood swinging their
    depressed heads drearily from side to side.

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    Re: a vague square

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    It is not a clear-cut, constructed square-- it is just a generally 'squarish' area in front of the station, rustic and poorly defined.

    Notice how the 'depressed' and 'dreary' horses are in the same mood as the 'languid' trees in your previous thread.
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    Re: a vague square

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber View Post
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    It is not a clear-cut, constructed square-- it is just a generally 'squarish' area in front of the station, rustic and poorly defined.

    Notice how the 'depressed' and 'dreary' horses are in the same mood as the 'languid' trees in your previous thread.
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    Not clear-cut and a general squarish area, I can work with, and yes, the horses are suffering from the heat. It's a really hot Fourth of July. Thanks, Mr Micawber.

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