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Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
And, back in the Halliday’s sitting room, eating a ravenous tea, he felt much like a amn recovered from fever.
eating a ravenous tea = devouring tea with a ravenous appetite (transferred epithet)
For Ashurst the wheel of slumber was wont to turn noiseless and slick and swift, but though he seemed sunk in sleep when his companion came up, he was really wide awake.
for Ashurst the wheel of slumber was wont to turn noiseless and slick and swift = usually Ashurst fell asleep easily and quickly
wont to = accustomed to do something, e/g, He was wont to rise early.
The old fellow stopped; in his face had come a look as though he were thinking: “You have come to the right shop, mister!.”
you have come to the right shop = you have addressed the right person, who can give all the information you need
usually “to come to the wrong shop” = to address or apply to the wrong person
Twas in the spring,’bout now as’t might be, or a little later-blossom time-an ‘we ‘ad one o’they young college gentlemen stayin’ at the farm-nice feller tu, with’is ‘ead in the air.
nice feller tu, with ‘is ‘ead in the air = a nice fellow too, with his head in the air
His head in the air = “in the clouds” – of a dreamy disposition
He wondered what devil had inspired him to take up the art of healing.
to take up the art of healing = to become a doctor
art = craft
“I mean it.” the doctor said. “You’ve had it, that’s that.”
you have had it = it can't be helped = nothing can be done about it
Thank you for your efforts.
Last edited by vil; 24-Oct-2009 at 16:52.