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    The road, Cormac McCarthy

    Hi there,

    I'm reading a Cormac McCarthy's book called "The road". It is kind of difficult to read, so I'm kind of "struggling" with it. Can anyone help me to get the meaning of the words below?

    The light was playing over the wet flowstone walls (I don't understand what "flowstone" means here)
    Deep stone flues where the water dripped and sang (I don't understand what "flues" means here)
    Its alabaster bones cast up in the shadow on the rocks behind it (I don't understand what "cast up" means here)
    He knew only that the child was his warrant (I don't understand what "warrant" means here)
    He found a good half-inch drive socket (I don't know what a "drive-socket" is)
    Finally, What is a "slutlamp"?

    Thanks

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    Re: The road, Cormac McCarthy

    The light was playing over the wet flowstone walls (I don't understand what "flowstone" means here) type of rock
    Deep stone flues where the water dripped and sang (I don't understand what "flues" means here) a path or tough for the rain to flow
    Its alabaster bones cast up in the shadow on the rocks behind it (I don't understand what "cast up" means here) made a shadow, "cast" a shadow
    He knew only that the child was his warrant (I don't understand what "warrant" means here) under his care, responsibility
    He found a good half-inch drive socket (I don't know what a "drive-socket" is) either a tool. or a place where he could place something
    Finally, What is a "slutlamp"?

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    Re: The road, Cormac McCarthy

    Seems someone else has taken your journey.

    See:
    Flipping Pencils: The Road to a Big, Odd Vocabulary

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    Re: The road, Cormac McCarthy

    Quote Originally Posted by silviasabater_2000 View Post
    Hi there,

    I'm reading Cormac McCarthy's book called "The road". It is kind of difficult to read, so I'm kind of "struggling" with it. Can anyone help me to get the meaning of the words below?

    Finally, What is a "slutlamp"? Can you give the sentence in which it appears?

    Thanks
    I love his writing - but it is very idiosyncratic.

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    Re: The road, Cormac McCarthy

    My guess would be that a "slutlamp" is the red light that is used to advertise a brothel. But, as Anglika says, context would help.

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    Re: The road, Cormac McCarthy

    "Oil for their slutlampto light the long gray dusks"

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    Re: The road, Cormac McCarthy

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi silviasabater_2000,

    There are a few words of me concerning the matter in question:

    The Virtual Cave: Flowstone

    "Oil for their little slutlamp to light the long gray dusks, the long gray dawns."

    slutlamp = container for oil with lamp-chimney and a cloth wick
    wick = a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame, (wicks were usually pieces of well worn rags, or "sluts", soaked in tallow /fat and grease/.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: The road, Cormac McCarthy

    Good one, Vil. It seems to have been an Appalachian dialect form: Re: Apples, eggs & nuts may be eaten after sluts

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