The Time Traveller and his companion, Weena, are in a museum. The end I had come in at was quite above ground, and was lit by rare slit-like windows. As you went down the length, the ground came up against these windows, until at last there was a pit like the "area" of a London house before each, and only a narrow line of daylight at the top. I went slowly along, puzzling about the machines, and had been too intent upon them to notice the gradual diminution of the light, until Weena's increasing apprehensions drew my attention. (The Time Machine – H. G. Wells) Why did he put quotation marks around "area"? The most likely reason seems to be that it wasn't really an area, yet I don't know exactly what he is talking about for I am not familiar with the London houses of which he speaks. Could you please shed some light upon this matter? Thank you in advance.