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    Stables Stones

    Hello,

    Can anybody tell me what the author means by stablest stones?

    His gentle monotonous mumbling ceased and we listened together. But every ancient edifice has voices and soundings of its own: there was
    nothing audible that I could put a name to, only what seemed to be a faint perpetual stir or whirr of grinding such as (to one's over-stimulated senses) the stablest stones set one on top of the other with an ever slightly varying weight and stress might be likely to make perceptible in a world of matter. A world which, after all, they say, is itself in unimaginably rapid rotation, and under the tyranny of time.

    All Hallows, Walter de la Mare, 1927

    Thgabnk you very much.
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    Re: Stables Stones

    Do you understand the meaning of the word "stable" as an adjective? Check that out first and then consider that this is the superlative version of that adjective.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Stables Stones

    I can understand what stable stones stand for but owing to the fact de la Mare used the unnecessary superlative in this case puzzled me to think if there might be more than meets the eye behind the stablest stones, a metaphor.

    Thanks for your help.
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