fixing the suggestion of a chapel and a prison

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longxianchen

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chinese
Hi,
Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(para. 75, chapter 11) by Lawrence(the University of Adelaide,here):
The Wesleyan chapel, higher up, was of blackened brick and stood behind iron railings and blackened shrubs. The Congregational chapel, which thought itself superior, was built of rusticated sandstone and had a steeple, but not a very high one. Just beyond were the new school buildings, expensive brick, and gravelled playground inside iron railings, all very imposing, and fixing the suggestion of a chapel and a prison.

What's the meaning of fixing the suggestion of a chapel and a prison, especially the words fixing and suggestion please?
Thank you in advance
 
  • PaulQ

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    UK
    English - England
    fixing the suggestion of a chapel and a prison. = fixing the image in an observer's mind the suggestion (impression) of both a chapel and a prison.

    The school looked like a mixture of a chapel and a prison.

    This is a picture of a school (on the right) in Lawrence's home town that he attended and is similar to that described by Lawrence.

    On the left is the Methodist chapel.



    Eastwood, Greasley Beauvale School -... (C) David Hallam-Jones :: Geograph Britain and Ireland
     
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    longxianchen

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    chinese
    Thanks. Do you mean matching(=fitting) the image in an observer's mind (with) the impression of both a chapel and a prison by fixing the image in an observer's mind the suggestion (impression)of both a chapel and a prison?
     

    PaulQ

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    UK
    English - England
    To fix = to set securely -> matching and fitting are approximately correct. I think you have the general idea. :thumbsup:
     

    longxianchen

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    chinese
    Thank you again.
    Now I know the school building fixed the image of both a chapel and a prison.
    And the school did look like a prison according to the picture:thumbsup:
     
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