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    Desolation of West

    Hello,

    Can anybody explain to me what is meant by the bold text?

    Vitality is not mortal; you cannot wrap flame in a shroud. Xélucha! where then is she? Translated, perhaps--rapt to a constellation like the daughter of Leda. She journeyed to Hindostan, accompanied by the train and appurtenance of a Begum, threatening descent upon the Emperor of Tartary. I spoke of the desolation of the West; she kissed me, and promised return.

    M.P.Shiel, Xélucha, 1895

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    Re: Desolation of West

    More context is required. What is the source of this text?

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    Re: Desolation of West

    The OP gave the source in post #1 but more context is certainly required.

    Johnyxxx, which words do you not understand? Have you looked up "desolation" in a dictionary and do you know what "the West" refers to in this particular book? It means different things in different contexts.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Desolation of West

    It could be that the West is desolate without Xélucha, who's heading to the East.

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    Re: Desolation of West

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The OP gave the source in post #1 but more context is certainly required.

    Johnyxxx, which words do you not understand? Have you looked up "desolation" in a dictionary and do you know what "the West" refers to in this particular book? It means different things in different contexts.
    Thank you for trying to help me. Of course, I know "desolation" has several meanings but in this particular case I am not sure if "The desolation of The West" means "The Devastation of The West", or if it means what Tdol has hinted down below and what I tend to believe to be the correct interpretation, "The West will be desolate without Xélucha because she is leaving it".
    Last edited by Johnyxxx; 01-Feb-2015 at 15:27.

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