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    Fair of romance

    Hello,

    every now and then I knock against some english phrase I am not sure I understand properly. Right now I am struggling with this one:


    "The steely light of daybreak, increasing in volume and intensity as the East grew larger with the day, showed clearly at length that the prodigious yet elegant Arabian bed was empty. What might tenderly have cradled the slumbers of some exquisite Fair of romance now contained no human occupant at all. The whole immense roomóits air dry and thin as if burntówas quiet as a sepulchre."

    I can understand everything but I would like to know what is the "exquisite Fair of romance". It occures to me it could mean "a beautiful woman" but I am not really sure.


    Thanx if you are going to try to help.


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    Re: Fair of romance

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    Hello,

    Every now and then I knock against some English phrase I am not sure I understand properly. Right now I am struggling with this one:


    "The steely light of daybreak, increasing in volume and intensity as the East grew larger with the day, showed clearly at length that the prodigious yet elegant Arabian bed was empty. What might tenderly have cradled the slumbers of some exquisite Fair of romance now contained no human occupant at all. The whole immense room—its air dry and thin as if burnt—was quiet as a sepulchre."

    I can understand everything but I would like to know what is the "exquisite Fair of romance". It occures occurs to me it could mean "a beautiful woman" but I am not really sure.


    Thanx Thanks if you are going to try to help.


    Take care
    Welcome to the forum.

    Where is your quote from? It's important to quote your source. I Googled a small part of your quote but the only place it appears is on this forum.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Fair of romance

    It is a short story called "Out of the Deep" by Walter de la Mare.
    http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Out_of_the_Deep

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    Re: Fair of romance

    I have no idea why "Fair" is capitalised. My best guess is that perhaps he was using "fair" like "festival" - the bed might have contained a "festival of romance" - I would take that to mean that the bed had at some point been shared by lovers but now it's empty.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Fair of romance

    The bed is large and cosy so an idea came to me if the damn "Fair of romance" did not not mean "a beautiful being of a fairy tale", for example "Sleeping Beauty" whose slumbers might have been craddled in the beautiful post-bed, but the guess seemed far-fetched to me so I did not mentioned it in my post.

    Neverthless thank you for trying to lend a hand.

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