as was the longest of the twelve high barns

SuprunP

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Ukrainian & Russian
Yet there was no other room in the building, large though it was, that suited her purpose. She had flirted with the idea of knocking down a long wall in the southern wing which would have opened up a long and ponderous hall; but there again, the 'feel' would have been wrong; as was the longest of the twelve high barns, those rotting structures on the northern boundaries.
(Titus Alone; Mervyn Peake)

Should it be read as follows:'the 'feel' would have been wrong; just as the longest of the twelve high barns was wrong'?

Thanks.
 
  • perpend

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    American English
    Erm ... who knows. "twelve high barns" isn't idiomatic, and comparing it with one barn, trying to renovate it is odd, but maybe that helps you.
     

    velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)

    Should it be read as follows:'the 'feel' would have been wrong; just as the longest of the twelve high barns was wrong'?

    I can't read it any other way, but it is very odd.
     
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