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Wu Ting
How would you explain ‘clay-pipe’ in the context? Today begins the year of all suffering at the School of Cretins, Deaf-Mutes, and Boys of Bad Character on Avenida Puig. The classroom is like a prison hall full of writhing convicts, its iron-barred windows set high along one wall. Small boys and monkeys for pupils. No one else there could be fourteen or anything near it, they’re the size of baboons. The Holy Virgin feels very sorry but remains outside, on her cement pedestal in the small tidy garden. She has sent her son Jesus in with the other wretches, and he can’t flee either. He is pegged to his cross on the wall, dying all the day, rolling his eyes behind the back of Señora Bartolome, even He can’t stand the look of her clay-pipe legs and those shoes. How would you explain ‘clay-pipe’ in the last sentence? Thanks!
Feb 8, 2014 4:43 AM
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The author is stating that the teacher, Senora Bartolome, has "clay-pipe" legs. But I've never heard that phrase before, so it is hard to determine exactly what he means. Her legs may be the color of clay tiles, or perhaps as straight as a pipe (not naturally shaped or curved). Either way, it sounds like he is commenting that her legs and shoes are unattractive.
February 8, 2014
I think the clay-pipe refers to a kind of texture. Like a pipe made of clay. In the passage, it means the figurine's legs of the Holy Virgin are made of clay pipes.
February 8, 2014
Wu Ting
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
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English