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    Demons

    Hi,

    What does "demons" mean, in the following sentence?

    "Yet for each dustpan he so laboriously filled at the door-sill demons added to the rug twenty more; he saw in the expanse behind him the dust that he had raised settling again into the carpet."

    Source: Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin

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    Re: Demons

    Unknown malevolent entities.
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    Re: Demons

    I haven't read the quoted book, but my guess is that Baldwin was not speaking literally. I read it as a way to describe the character's frustration with his inability to get the carpet clean by sweeping it; it seemed to get dirty faster than he could clean it.
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