a cord gave way (window)

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Gabriel Aparta

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Español - Venezuela
Hi, please, from Dracula by Bram Stoker:

I was able to test the actual quality of her blood, for in opening a window which was stiff a cord gave way, and she cut her hand slightly with broken glass.

What is a cord in that context?

Thanks!
 
  • Dretagoto

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    A cord is a thin rope - the moving part of the window must have been supported by the cord, which broke, and the window shattered as a result.

    Basically like this:
     

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    natkretep

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    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Yes, the sash window, involving panes that go up and down and adjusted with cords, is thought to have developed in England around the 17th century, and this is the style of window that has been dominant in the UK, Ireland, North America and Australia. Authors often take it for granted that readers will be familiar with this kind of window which is rather rare in other parts of the world.
     

    Dretagoto

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    Authors often take it for granted that readers will be familiar with this kind of window which is rather rare in other parts of the world.
    True nowadays, perhaps, but for an Irish writer working in England in the 19th century, I doubt he either knew or cared about windows anywhere else ;):D
     
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