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    Haunted ...

    Hello,

    What I need to help with is as follows:

    "Haunted, you said?"

    "Yes, haunted. Don't you remember, when I saw you three years ago, you
    told me about your place in the west with the ancient woods hanging all
    about it, and the wild, domed hills, and the ragged land? It has always
    remained a sort of enchanted picture in my mind as I sit at my desk and
    hear the traffic rattling in the Street in the midst of whirling London."

    Arthur Machen, The Shining Piramid, 1895

    Am I to understand the character is "haunted" by a fixed idea of the strange landscape his friend described to him three years ago? I know "haunted" is sometimes used in relation to the supernatural but this does not seem to be the case.


    Thanks for help.

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    Re: Haunted ...

    From the extract you've posted, it's hard to say. They could be referring to the "place in the west" being haunted (supernatural) or that the speaker is haunted by the memory of the other person telling them about the place.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Haunted ...

    My GUESS is that in the last 120 years the meaning of ‘haunted‘ has become more specific - as happened, for example to ‘starve‘ - which once meant just ‘die‘ (as the German sterben still does. Here the haunting is just repeated occurence of a thought.

    b

    PS The ‘starve‘ example isn‘t a precise one-for-one analogue - especially not as regards time. But Chaucer would have regarded ‘starve to death‘ as pleonastic.
    Last edited by BobK; 04-Jan-2015 at 14:10. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: Haunted ...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    From the extract you've posted, it's hard to say. They could be referring to the "place in the west" being haunted (supernatural) or that the speaker is haunted by the memory of the other person telling them about the place.
    Here is the story; what I copied is the very beginning of the tale.
    http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0606971.txt

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