A Steep Rise


Senior Member
Chinese ( Cantonese n Mandarin)
Hi Forum,

I am reading a short story, the garden party, and I had some difficulties understanding the scene described.

"That really was extravagant, for the little cottages were in a lane to themselves at the very bottom of a steep rise that led up to the house. "

So, does the underlined part mean the little cottages were at the bottom of a hill/mountain and the shape of the cottages is linear?

Thank you very much!

  • natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Yes, Hope, I think you have the right idea. There is a fork in the road at the bottom of the hill. The road going up led to the house. The other road led to the little cottages. The road might be a curving road, so the cottages need not be in a straight line. (I assume you were talking about the arrangement, rather than shape, of the cottages.)
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