rolling a sea urchin down the sloping glass of a case

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Couch Tomato, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Couch Tomato

    Couch Tomato Senior Member

    Russian & Dutch
    The Time Traveller and his companion Weena are in, what he perceives to be, a museum.

    Weena, who had been rolling a sea urchin down the sloping glass of a case, presently came, as I stared about me, and very quietly took my hand and stood beside me.
    (The Time Machine – H. G. Wells)

    What is Weena doing with this sea urchin? I'm assuming that the "glass of a case" is one of those things. If so, could you perhaps paraphrase what she is doing? Is she moving the glass case about so that the sea urchin also moves around in the case?

    Thanks.
     
  2. se16teddy

    se16teddy Senior Member

    London
    English - England
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2013
  3. which New Member

    English - United States
    Take a ball and press it against a window with the palm of your hand, fingers spread out. Proceed to roll the ball downward while maintaining its contact with the window.

    Now, imagine that the ball is a sea urchin and the window is a glass exhibit case at a museum.

    It is also possible that she was simply letting go of the sea urchin at a point high up on the glass case and allowing gravity to work its magic.
     
  4. Couch Tomato

    Couch Tomato Senior Member

    Russian & Dutch
    Thank you, se16teddy and which.
     

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