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    #1

    there arrived an epoch

    What does ՞epoch՞ mean here? Is the author talking about a particular day?
    "There arrived an epoch — as often before there had arrived — in which I found myself emerging from total
    unconsciousness into the first feeble and indefinite sense of existence." (http://poestories.com/read/premature)

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    Re: there arrived an epoch

    "Is the author talking about a particular day?"

    In a sense, yes, but the day and the epoch are not equivalent. An epoch is a significant interval, certainly longer than a day and probably much longer. But an epoch must begin on a certain day, and I think that is what Poe is referring to. The epoch began on the day he found himself emerging from ...

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    Re: there arrived an epoch

    I think Poe is talking about the time period when all the weird stuff goes on. (And there's a lot of weird stuff.)


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    #4

    Re: there arrived an epoch

    Yes.

    I took 'There arrived an epoch…' to mean 'There came a time…'

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    Re: there arrived an epoch

    I read it differently. An epoch isn't just a time. It's a very long time.

    So he's saying that it seemed to take a very long time to wake up or regain consciousness - an eternity, eons, ages, an epoch.
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    Re: there arrived an epoch

    "An epoch isn't just a time. It's a very long time."

    No it isn't. It is, but only in paleontology. V., e.g. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/epoch

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    #7

    Re: there arrived an epoch

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    "An epoch isn't just a time. It's a very long time."

    No it isn't. It is, but only in paleontology. V., e.g. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/epoch
    It would be more accurate to say geology rather than paleonotology, although fossils are used as relative dating evidence geochronology requires the use of radiometric dating of specimens of rock to provide dates.

    Epoch is also used in astronomy as well.
    Last edited by Mrfatso; 08-Apr-2015 at 06:54.

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    Re: there arrived an epoch

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    "An epoch isn't just a time. It's a very long time."

    No it isn't. It is, but only in paleontology. V., e.g. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/epoch
    An epoch is also a period in history - for instance, the Belle Epoche. Waking up usually takes a few seconds or a few minutes. Epochs are measured in years. It seemed like waking up took years, eons, ages, a century, an eternity, forever, whatever.

    So it's clear that he's saying, writing figuratively, that it took a long time to wake up.
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    Re: there arrived an epoch

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    An epoch is also a period in history - for instance, the Belle Epoche.
    I am not a teacher.

    That should be belle époque.

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    Re: there arrived an epoch

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    I am not a teacher.

    That should be belle époque.
    Yup. Thanks! (And pardon my French!)
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