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    #1

    Smile the ordinariness of it

    Hello. Could you tell me what "the ordinariness of it" means in this context below?
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    I stumble into the hall and it's the glare of the light that stops me - the ordinariness of it.

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    Re: the ordinariness of it

    What is the source of that rather odd sentence?

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    Re: the ordinariness of it

    It's from the novel for yound adults.
    His mum fails to return from work one evening, he's suddenly responsible for himself and his little brother.
    However, he doesn't want anyone to know his bad situation. He wants to keep his famly together.
    Now his brother is sick. He needs to get help.

    "There's no other choice.
    I stumble into the hall and it's the glare of the light that stops me - the ordinariness of it.
    If I call an ambulance that will be it-
    The end of everything for both of us.
    First the doctors-
    Then the police.
    There'll be no escape after that."

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    #4

    Re: the ordinariness of it

    Has he been in a particularly dark room for quite some time before this passage?

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    Re: the ordinariness of it

    The speaker was in his bedroom for a while and goes into the hall.
    There's no explanation about the room whether it's dark or not, but I suppose it's dark in the room
    because it's nighttime in the story.

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    #6

    Re: the ordinariness of it

    I think that the writer is trying to say that everything looks ordinary in the glare of the light. In a time of crisis, the boy might have expected things to appear less ordinary.

    However, the writer actually speaks of the ordinariness of the glare of the light, which seems a little strange to me.

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    #7

    Re: the ordinariness of it

    It's always difficult to tell exactly what an author was thinking when they wrote something. The only person who knows the real answer is the author. However, I'm going to have a guess:

    It is nighttime and he has been in his bedroom which we will assume was dark. Two unusual things have happened to him: his mother hasn't come home and his brother is sick and needs to go to hospital. These are not things which could be considered ordinary in his daily life. He leaves his bedroom and is briefly startled in the hallway where presumably the electric light is on and is quite bright. An electric light hanging from the ceiling and switched on is very ordinary. Perhaps he is briefly aware of how normal that is, compared to his extremely abnormal night so far. So it is the ordinariness of the light which surprises him.

    That is, however, just my interpretation but I would like to say that if I had been reading that book, I would not have particularly stopped at that sentence to wonder about its meaning. If you try to analyse every single sentence in a work of fiction, you will have found a task that lasts your entire life!

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