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    at open door dogs come in

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me your opinion concerning the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    They say in my country, when doors are open dogs enter. (W. Scott, “Woodstock”)

    at open door dogs come in = at open doors dogs enter = freedom of care lead to unhappiness

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: at open door dogs come in

    Never heard this saying before, I'm interested to see any interpretation...

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    Re: at open door dogs come in

    Hi easybreakable,


    Is it possible that my interpretation of mentioned above Scottish proverb is not on your liking?



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    Re: at open door dogs come in

    Hi,
    I think it's kind of hard for me to link "dogs" to being "unhappy"... Still your interpretation might be quite true.

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    #5

    Re: at open door dogs come in

    If dogs came into my house and stole my food, I would not be happy.

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    #6

    Re: at open door dogs come in

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    If dogs came into my house and stole my food, I would not be happy.
    hmmm in this case I think I'll change my mind...
    Last edited by easybreakable; 07-Jan-2011 at 21:09.

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    #7

    Re: at open door dogs come in

    Here's the context:

    As Charles was about to leave the apartment, he was prevented by the
    appearance of Wildrake, who entered with an unusual degree of swagger in
    his gait, and of fantastic importance on his brow. "I crave your pardon,
    fair sir," he said; "but, as they say in my country, when doors are open
    dogs enter. I have knocked and called in the hall to no purpose; so,
    knowing the way to this parlour, sir,--for I am a light partisan, and
    the road I once travel I never forget,--I ventured to present myself
    unannounced."

    i.e. "if you leave your door open, anything may come in".

    As Gil says, the expression may be applied in any number of situations; though here Wildrake makes a humorous reference to his own entrance (he might be described as a "gay dog").

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    #8

    Re: at open door dogs come in

    Mr Pedantic's post shows how much easier it is to deal with an expression if we are given sufficient context.

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