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    in the most tedious of nights

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    Can anybody help me with the bold text?

    Night after night he had lain there, flat on his back, his hands crossed on his breast—a pose that never failed to amuse him. A smooth eminence in the dark rich quilt about sixty inches from his chin indicated to his attentive eye the points of his toes. The hours had been heavy, the hours had been long—still there are only twelve or so of utter darkness in the most tedious of nights, and matins tinkles at length. Excepting the last of them—a night, which was now apparently for ever over, he had occupied this majestic bad for about six weeks, though on no single occasion could he have confessed to being really at home in. It.

    Walter de la Mare, Out of the deep, 1923

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    Re: in the most tedious of nights

    As I am a learner, not a teacher, I only know the literal meaning.
    'In spite of that, there are only about twelve hours of complete darkness in the longest night, and matins is lengthy.'
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 19-Jan-2015 at 12:51. Reason: Correct a typo according to emsr2d2's post below.

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    Re: in the most tedious of nights

    "Matins", not "martins".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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