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    Jack-o'-lanthorn

    Hello,

    Can anybody help me with the bold text?

    "Lenore! ... It was not Lenore. How should the portrait of the holy witch, who slept so peacefully, encounter me here of all places? Fie! An instant, and I had fallen to speculating as the jack-o'-lanthorn of my
    folly bade, when the hostess came back."

    My Friend, Murry Gilchrist, 190?




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    Re: Jack-o'-lanthorn

    Do you know what a "jack o'lanthorn" is?
    Do you understand the word "folly"?
    Do you understand "bade"?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Jack-o'-lanthorn

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Do you know what a "jack o'lanthorn" is?
    Do you understand the word "folly"?
    Do you understand "bade"?

    Yes, but I do not understand the metaphor jack-o-lantern of my folly.

    It seems to me it could mean he was carried away by his foolish thoughts he was unable to resist for a moment. Simply the jack-o-the lantern of his foolishness compelled him to think in a way it (the jack-o-lantern) wanted him to think. But if I was sure, I would not ask here.
    Last edited by Johnyxxx; 25-Nov-2015 at 22:04.
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    Re: Jack-o'-lanthorn

    He didn't know the answers to his questions, nor did he know how to find those answers, so it seemed to be a pointless exercise. What do you think?

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