a positive battery of charcoal fires

Discussion in 'English Only' started by SuprunP, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. SuprunP

    SuprunP Senior Member

    Ukraine
    Ukrainian & Russian
    The kitchen at our villa was enormous enough, but this kitchen simply dwarfed it.
    It was stone-flagged and at one end a positive battery of charcoal fires glowed and winked under the bubbling pots.
    ("Birds, Beasts, and Relatives" by Gerald Durrell)

    What role does 'positive' play here?
    Is it used here to emphasise an enormous scale of a battery of charcoal fires?

    Thanks.
     
  2. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    Here, 'positive' = downright; out-and-out; real; absolute/etc. It is emphatic. (It is a better word for the context than the often misused, 'literal')
     
  3. quillerbee Senior Member

    Germany
    Canadian English
    Hi suprun, not the scale, but the verisimilitude, or "realness", of the metaphor battery. It was a veritable battery of fires.
     
  4. SuprunP

    SuprunP Senior Member

    Ukraine
    Ukrainian & Russian
    Thank you all! :)
     

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