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    Curtains of the hearth

    Hello,

    I have trouble in understanding a phrase "curtains of the hearth", included in a short story Vaila by M.P.Shiel.

    "To this question Harfager did not reply, but rose from his
    seat, disappeared behind the drawn curtains of the hearth, and left
    the room. He presently returned with a quarto tome bound in hide."

    http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0602841.txt

    Cannot help myself but I have never seen a hearth with curtains ...


    Thanks if you try and help me.

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    Re: Curtains of the hearth

    It doesn't make sense to me.

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    Re: Curtains of the hearth

    When I had read this strange phrase, I thought the spot in front of the hearth, including the armchairs the two boys were sitting in, must be enclosed by a semicircle rail hung with the drawn curtains but my searching for an old-fashioned hearth of such a design came to nothing ...

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    Re: Curtains of the hearth

    I have found a longer version on the story Vaila which was written earlier and is a little bit different, called "The House Of The Sounds". At one point the narrator says:

    "Late at night we reclined on sofas within the vast cave of a hearthplace Louis Onze ..." and then later "my friend did not replied but disappeared behind the hearth-curtains ..."

    So is it possible my original idea about a semicircle constructure wuth curtains around the hearth-place is right?

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