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    unseasonable proximity

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    He had secured a corner table, half masked by a huge bowl of long-stemmed roses, freesias and white lilacs in unseasonable proximity.

    Proximity means "close", but what does "unseasonable" mean her?

    Maybe "atypical closeness"? Strange.

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    Re: unseasonable proximity

    The quoted text makes it sound as if that particular time of year wasn't when such flowers would normally bloom. Florists, of course, have cut flowers available all year, but perhaps these blooms were actually potted, growing plants in a place/time they wouldn't normally be seen (roses growing in December in Alaska, for an extreme example)? And that's why they were unseasonable....? Even with more context, I think that this sentence would be considered to contain awkward phraseology.

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    Re: unseasonable proximity

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    And that's why they were unseasonable....?
    What about "proximity"?

    Thanks

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    Re: unseasonable proximity

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    What about "proximity"?

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    It's hard to say what exactly it means. Where is it from?

    It could mean that given the seasons when these flowers bloom, they shouldn't be together (i.e. they bloom in different seasons). But that seems iffy. Roses bloom from spring until autumn.

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    Re: unseasonable proximity

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    It's hard to say what exactly it means. Where is it from?

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    It's from a novel, but I gave you the whole context. There's nothing more about it.

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    Re: unseasonable proximity

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    It's from a novel, but I gave you the whole context. There's nothing more about it.
    It would seem to mean what Ouisch said it means. 'What about "proximity"?' doesn't come into it. If all the flowers which don't bloom at the same time were in a bowl together (as they were), then "unseasonable proximity" is explained = Out-of-season closeness; unusually-timed nearness; unnatural floral temporal congregation; flowers that shouldn't be together because of their different seasonality being together.

    One could argue about whether they do flower anywhere at the same time, but it's sufficient for the author to believe they don't for the explanation.

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