cannon=torch?

Swamp-landia

Senior Member
NYC
Mandarin; Shanghainese
I wonder whether the word "cannon" sometimes can indicate the meaning of "electric torch" or flashlight?

The quote is: Had he been trying to invite me to go with him, that night by the cannon?

From the clues of the context, the best I can guess is this.
 
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    It sounds as if the two of them were standing near a cannon (perhaps an old war memorial) on some previous night. At that time, he invited the speaker to go with him.
     

    Swamp-landia

    Senior Member
    NYC
    Mandarin; Shanghainese
    It sounds reasonable without the text. But from the context, there's no such a "cannon" :(

    "We stepped off the woodchip trail that led away from the touristed park to our house and walked to the museum. The Chief had forgotten to lock up again. Shapes nuzzled towards us. It took a few second of blinking before your memory filled each like paint—that rectangle to my left was Grandma Risa’s bedside table, that long and skinny geometry on the wall was Grandpa Sawtooth’s .22 Wincheter rifle. Extinct and taxidermied objects to us kids. A small bat shot through the door; moonlight pricking at the strings of hanging sleeves."
     
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