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#1 User is offline   Khanna 

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 12:59 AM

Just a quick question. In Book #2 there is a paragraph. I just can't figure out a phrase in it:

"... Saddled steps rose along one wall to a solid-looking door. At the base of the wall opposite, round indentations ran in a row on the floor, each of a size to fit a cask or key. Rust-pitted hooks depended on chains from the ceiling at the room’s far end..."


What does "to fit a cask or key" mean? Can someone please explain this?
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Posted 20 February 2020 - 04:43 AM

Two thoughts... either it's a typo and key should be keg, or it means the indentations were two different sizes.
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Posted 20 February 2020 - 08:09 AM

View PostAbyss, on 20 February 2020 - 04:43 AM, said:

Two thoughts... either it's a typo and key should be keg, or it means the indentations were two different sizes.


I think it's the former, a typo.
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Posted 20 February 2020 - 09:47 AM

That's a damn big keyhole.
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Posted 20 February 2020 - 03:30 PM

View PostAptorian, on 20 February 2020 - 09:47 AM, said:

That's a damn big keyhole.


Or it suggests different sized dents, ie some are big enough for a cask, some are small enough for a key. But it's an odd turn of phrase i don't think we've ever seen elsewhere which makes me think typo most likely.
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Posted 21 February 2020 - 07:40 PM

Just reached this passage on my Kindle and I can confirm that it's a typo. In my version it says cask or keg.
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Posted 21 February 2020 - 10:23 PM

View PostAptorian, on 21 February 2020 - 07:40 PM, said:

Just reached this passage on my Kindle and I can confirm that it's a typo. In my version it says cask or keg.


Seems like a likely typo. G and Y are pretty close on most keyboards.
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