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    a stroke on the bells of their soul

    Dear all,

    I'm reading All the Time in the World by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins. The writer mentioned about a group of undergraduates painting and having fun in a new hall of their university, which annoyed people who were studying in the library next door. And one scholar complained:

    "One can’t get them to be quiet at it— or resist a fancy if it strikes them over so little a stroke on the bells of their soul— away they go jingle-jangle without ever caring what o’clock it is.”

    And the writer also quoted one of the undergradeates as saying:

    "...two respectable members of the University— entering to see the pictures— stood mute and looked at us, and after listening five minutes to our language, they literally fled from the room! Conceive our mutual ecstasy of delight."

    I don't understand what "it strikes them over so little a stroke on the bells of their soul" and "Conceive our mutual ecstasy of delight" means. Can anybody explain these two sentences for me?
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    Re: a stroke on the bells of their soul

    Well, context helps. (Thanks!) The text is really old, isn't it? (Today we would say that a person doesn't care what time it is.)

    This is just a guess, but I think the first one says the people involved can't resist an impulse no matter how sight. The send one says something like: Imagine how happy we are.


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