a garden spot


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Hi folks, this is cited from Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)

Q:Can I take “a garden spot” as only a garden or a play space for barnacles? Context: they saw a shipwreck, her modifies it.

So away we sailed, and left her; drifting, drifting on; a garden spot for barnacles, and a playhouse for the sharks.
  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    It could mean that the barnacles grew there, like plants or weeds in a garden, or it might mean that the barnacles enjoyed sitting in that spot, just as humans enjoy sitting in the garden. The sharks are anthropomorphed anthropomorphised too.
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