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    lagoo is offline Member
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    have baths drawn

    Hello,

    " We’ll have baths drawn for you and supper sent to your rooms."

    Source: dialogue from Game of Throne S07E03


    What does it mean as to “have baths drawn”?

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    Re: have baths drawn

    It means someone fills the bathtub with hot water so you can have a bath. It does not sound like much nowadays, but in ancient times someone would have to draw the water from a well, pour that water into a huge kettle or pot, start a fire under the kettle or place the kettle over an existing fire, take the resulting hot water to the room with the bathtub, and pour it into the tub ready for your use. It may not be exactly as I describe it here, but you get a sense of what is involved.
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    Re: have baths drawn

    "to draw a bath" means "to prepare a bath" (i.e., fill the tub with (hot) water).
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    Re: have baths drawn

    It does, but it does involve a lot less today than in the times Linxear is describing, and I assume that draw does have the pull meaning from when this would be hard work.

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