Hello. I don't understand the hourglass part in the context below.
I understand the hourglass is suspended in the open book's center.
Then, how could it be protected by a case which is formed part of the spine?
And what does it mean the pages of the book was shaped around it? Doesn't it same as the hourglass is suspended in the open book's center?
----from a children's book, Archie Green and Alchemist's Curse by D. D. Everest
The open book was the size of a table and rasied up at an angle of forty-five degrees so that its pages were visible.
Suspended in its centre was an ornate crystal hourglass.
The hourglass was protected by a silver case, which formed part of the spine.
The pages of the book were shaped around it so that it could be seen even when the book was open.
The hourglass is floating inside a silver case. The case is attached to the spine of the book, but the hourglass is floating magically inside that cage.
So yes, the pages of the book would form around the case. Perhaps something like this (excuse the quick Paint sketch).
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Yes, that's exactly what I was picturing from the description. The description is very specific. The hourglass is built into the book's binding.
I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.