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    please confirm

    In this phrase the melancholy house of.... can we say that the word melancholy is used here as a deviation?

    I'm saying this because melancholy means being mournful/depressed and 'a house' cannot feel! And therefore, I believe there is sort of a deviation here, but not sure though.

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    Re: please confirm

    Houses / rooms / buildings can certainly be imbued with moods. It is not simply metaphorical, it can be a real sensation.

    The house is not actually mournful, but the mood you sense entering the house, or even looking at it from the street, may be that.

    It speaks to the circumstances, mournful or cheerful or anything else, that are associated with the house, with its occupants.
    Last edited by jlinger; 19-Oct-2008 at 22:24.

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    Re: please confirm

    To add to what jlinger said:
    If I say that it is a gloomy day that doesn't mean that the day itself it gloomy. It means that it makes me feel gloomy. The same would be true of a melancholy house.

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