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    Too hot for blisters


    Can anybody help me with the bold text?

    He was a stocky young man, with light-coloured hair and a pale, rather blotchy complexion. There was nothing at all extraordinary about him on either the material or spiritual side. He had rather a weakness for gaudy ties and socks and jewelry. His manners were a little boisterous; his conversation, altogether personal. He had received some training at a commercial school. He read little else than the newspapers. The only book I ever knew him to read was a novel of Stevenson's, which he said was "too hot for blisters."

    Vincent O´Sullivan, Master Of Fallen Years, 1921

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    Re: Too hot for blisters

    If a burn is severe enough, there isn't blistering as the damage extends through all the skin layers.

    My guess is that he's saying the book was so hot it would cause third degree burns. Apparently he found some of Robert Lewis Stevenson's works particularly salacious?
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