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How would you interpret this sentence? How would you interpret the fourth sentence in the last passage? How would you interpret the word ‘around’ here? Does it mean the cat was not far away to the right? Or does it mean she would find the cat if she turned around the corner to the right? Thank you. The excerpt is taken from the short story ‘Cat in the Rain’ written by Ernest Hemingway. The excerpt: The American wife stood at the window looking out. Outside right under their window a cat was crouched under one of the dripping green tables. The cat was trying to make herself so compact that she would not be dripped on. … Liking him she opened the door and looked out. It was raining harder. A man in a rubber cape was crossing the empty square to the café. The cat would be around to the right. Perhaps she could go along under the eaves. As she stood in the doorway an umbrella opened behind her. It was the maid who looked after their room.
Nov 2, 2018 2:05 PM
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Presumably, the woman cannot see the cat from the door. The cat is 'around' (or near) whatever is blocking her view and also towards the right of where she is now. 'Around' is used here to indicate a general area. http://learnersdictionary.com/definition/around
November 2, 2018
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