小豆丁2014
I don't understand the last sentence Through the chilly curtain of sleet, in the inter-mittent wash of the great light on the jutting cliff to the south, the massive silhouette of Bluff House loomed over Whiskey Beach. It faced the cold, turbulent Atlantic like a challenge. I will last as long as you. Standing three sturdy and indulgent stories above the rough and rugged coast, it watched the roll and slap of waves through the dark eyes of windows, as it had—in one incarnation or another—for more than three centuries. The little stone cottage now housing tools and garden supplies spoke to its humble beginnings, to those who’d braved the fierce and fickle Atlantic to forge a life on the stony ground of a new world. Dwarfing those beginnings, the spread and rise of golden sand walls and curving gables, the generous terraces of weathered local stone sang to its heyday. It survived storm, neglect, careless indulgence, dubious taste, the booms and the busts, scandal and righteousness.1. "It survived storm"= the Bluff House survived the storm. right? 2."neglect, careless indulgence"= though one take take good care of the house, it survived at last, right? 3."dubious taste" —— i dong't get this part, what does "survived dubious taste"mean? 4. "the booms and the busts, scandal and righteousness."——i don't get this part, either, does "booms"= the house survied in good days? bust= the house survied in bad days? then, what does "scandal and righteousness"mean?
Aug 13, 2014 11:56 AM
Answers · 1
1. Right 2. The house survived in spite of not being cared for. 3. The house also survived the poor style sense of its owners. 4. Yes, the house lasted through economic cycles of good times and bad, also through extremes of low morals and high-minded priggishness.
August 13, 2014
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