question Watson, whose not-so-distant ancestor had owned this place, slipped humbly through the door. It closed behind him, muffling the wind. Together they watched him clop down the porch's broad front steps in his battered black cowboy boots. Brittle yellow aspen leaves tumbled around his heels as he crossed the lot to his International Harvester pickup and climbed in. Blue smoke jetted from the rusted exhaust pipe as he started it up. The spell of silence held among them as he backed, then pulled out of the parking lot. His truck disappeared over the brow of the hill and then reappeared, smaller, on the main road, heading west. Question: The spell of silence held among them --- In this case, what’s the meaning of ‘hold?’
Sep 3, 2018 2:05 AM
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Here, “held” == “kept them under its control”. When a magical spell “holds,” it controls the person who is “under” the spell. When the spelll “breaks,” the spell no longer has control over them.
September 3, 2018
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