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    train / beak of a wherry

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    I wish it were in the bottom of the Thames, I do; and if Miss Pinkerton were there, I wouldn't pick her out, that I wouldn't. O how I should like to see her floating in the water yonder, turban and all, with her train streaming after her, and her nose like the beak of a wherry."

    train = a part of a gown that trails behind the wearer

    wherry = light rowing boat for use in racing or for transporting goods and passengers in inland waters and harbors

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: train / beak of a wherry

    You're right.

    And the beak of the wherry is the front, or pointed end of it.


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