bald-headed old man


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

Question: Does it mean this bust of a bald man is a bust which mocks that famous nun pictures put in hospitals?

It was that of a bald-headed old man, with a mysteriously-wicked expression, and imposing silence by one thin finger over his lips. His marble mouth seemed tremulous with secrets.
  • enkidu68

    Senior Member
    Actually it is not a difficult sentence you are right Uncle Jack.
    But it says "that" so I thought that way. Here in Turkey, we have a famous nun picture in hospitals, who put her index finger on her lips, implying that this is a hospital so keep your silence.
    That is why, it lead me think that way in which a kind of semblance would be between them.
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