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what does "It had shone as bright as the great light "mean? how could a house"shone?" 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. 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 had shone as bright as the great light that swept the water off Massachusetts’ rocky and glorious north shore. And it had huddled, shuttered in the dark.
Aug 13, 2014 12:52 PM
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I believe the author is referring to the house in its heyday, when it was in use, with lights in the windows and constant activity, in contrast to its current condition, shuttered and dark.
August 13, 2014
Gary, you have explained it so well.
August 13, 2014
Another learner, reading exactly the same passage and asking exactly the same question: http://www.italki.com/question/258594 Is this the same class? The same textbook?
August 13, 2014
Shone is used both literally and metaphorically here. It literally shone as a lighthouse. Metaphorically it shone in the same sense that we say it's a "shining example," or it's a "beacon of hope." This is quite advanced English, a literary or poetic level.
August 13, 2014
Perhaps learners should move at a more considered pace and weigh the different views here more carefully and over a greater length of time before closing the question and subscribing to one view or another.
August 13, 2014
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