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    The hounds are starting

    Hello,

    Can anybody help me co understand the meaning of the bold text?

    No sign of recognition came to the old man as he gazed at me, and I was shocked, because I was impart some my gladness to a fellow-creature. I went to him, and after trying in vain to make him speak, held forth a gold coin. He rose instantly, grasped it with palsied fingers, and, muttering the hounds were starting, hurried from my presence. Feeling sad I crossed to the churchyard.

    R.M.Gilchriest, The Return, 190?

    There is no other reference to the dogs in the story and it seems to me (because of his strange reaction) the old man was propably mad so his muttering about starting hounds may have been nothing but a whim of his deranged logic with nor rhyme or reason. But I want to be sure so I have decided to ask.

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    Re: The hounds are starting

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    WNo, I do not know what "the hounds were starting" means.
    Then there is little point in posting a response that does nothing to address the question.
    (Why are you reading such old books?
    I don't think our members have to explain their choice of reading material.

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    Re: The hounds are starting

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    , because I was impart some my gladness to a fellow-creature.
    There appears to be something missing in the part I've underlined.
    it seems to me (because of his strange reaction) the old man was probably mad so his muttering about starting hounds may have been nothing but a whim of his deranged logic with nor rhyme or reason.
    I think you are probably right.

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    Re: The hounds are starting

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Who was more mad--the old man (possibly demented) or the guy who gave him a gold coin and got nothing for it? No, I do not know what "the hounds were starting" means. (Although there is a verb, it is not a sentence.) He sure got his gold coin though! (Why are you reading such old books? )


    I do not know why but I really like horror/mystery/gothic tales from the late 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century. The old writers seem to me much more creative and inventive (though sometimes their views are overcome and naive in the light of what we know about science today) than authors who write nowdays. I must add I do not strictly stick to a literature that was written about 120 years ago; I also read modern things (sometimes when I am in amood for something fresher ), I have read books by Stephen King or China Mieville and other so called persons of the horror genre but I cannot help but say that my obsolete Victorian favourites like Blackwood, Hodgson, Machen, Shiel and their less known contemporaries or the guys writing for Weird Tales in 20s and 30s are head and shoulders above the modern horror writers.
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    Re: The hounds are starting

    Piscean, you are right, my fault ... It should be "because I was impart some of my gladness to a fellow-creature".


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    Re: The hounds are starting

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    Piscean, you are right, my fault ... It should be "because I was impart some of my gladness to a fellow-creature".


    Well, it is true that I didn't comment on that at first, but I mentally inserted the missing words this way:


    I was wanting to impart some of my gladness to a fellow creature.


    What do you think?

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    #7

    Re: The hounds are starting

    The hounds starting would mark the beginning of a hunt, so could it refer to his goal with the money, which would be his quarry? For instance, maybe he's off to the pub.

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