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    draw a (the) curtain on (over)

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Let us draw the curtain of charity over the rest of the scene. (M. Twain, “Tom Sawyer”)

    “…the truth is you have no ability for music…” She was right, al the same my pride was hurt…and gradually, on about the time it took to forget my few hard-learned tunes, I drew a curtain on them. (T. Capote, “The Grass Harp”)

    draw a (the) curtain on (over) = keep something to oneself; stop talking about something, leave something be forgotten, put something under the veil of oblivion

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    Re: draw a (the) curtain on (over)

    Interesting question, I'd say your analysis is correct.
    Basically, drawing a curtain over something describes hiding it (as in a veil), while drawing a curtain on something describes ending it (as in at the end of a performance).

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