Interested in Language
During those final nights in Cairo, months after the affair was over, we had finally persuaded Madox into a zinc bar for his farewell. She and her husband were there. One last night. One last dance. Almasy was drunk and attempting an old dance step he had invented called the Bosphorus hug, lifting Katharine Clifton into his wiry arms and traversing the floor until he fell with her across some Nile-grown aspidistras.
The above is from the English Patient.
I know it means a kind of bar(I'm not sure, but it might have a French origin.) But what kind of bar it is ? What's the difference between zinc bars and ordinary ones?
Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.
Let me do some guess work as well
I think the story behind the zinc bar could be the same as behind the hoover.
btw. I think a Canadian teacher could has the answer.
Last edited by Jaskin; 03-Jun-2010 at 10:48.
Georges Simenon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - so it could be a Belgian thing...
Zinc counters may be trendy now, but in the past weren't they used in cheaper places- more spit and sawdust than high society?