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    interpretation of a confusing Galsworthy’s expression

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help me to grasp the meaning of the expression in bold in the following sentence from the John Galsworthy’s short story “The Apple Tree”

    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.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: interpretation of a confusing Galsworthy’s expression

    I think you're exactly right, but I think it also means he doesn't snore.

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