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    What is a "screen"?

    From "The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Man" by Jerome K. Jerome:

    "Ah, old screen, what a gorgeous personage youmust have been in your young days, when the tulips and roses and lilies (all growing from one stem) were fresh in their glistening sheen ! Many a summer and winter have come and gone since then, my friend, and you have played with the dancing firelight, until you have grown sad and gray. Your brilliant colors are fast fading now,
    and the envious moths have gnawed your silken threads. You are withering away like the dead hands that wove you."

    I have absolutely no idea what that thing is referring to... Help much appreciated.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 27-Jul-2015 at 09:25. Reason: Fixed formatting of quote

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    Re: What is a "screen"?

    It's possibly a painted folding room divider.

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    Re: What is a "screen"?

    Yes, it is a fire sceen. The key sentence is this one.

    "Many a summer and winter have come and gone since then, my friend, and you have played with the dancing firelight, until you have grown sad and gray."

    The section previous to the one you posted says, "-with bits of the old blue china your mother prized, and the screen she worked in those far by-gone days, when the sweet old face was laughing and young, and the white soft hair tumbled in gold brown curls from under the coal scuttle bonnet -"

    "the screen she worked" meant that she made it by embroidering it, which is why he values it even more.
    http://www.homeaccessoriesshop.co.uk...ris-tulip-s546.

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