in a small hot house of sourceless gloom

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Hi all

I've wondered what does "hothouse of sourceless gloom" mean? Is it a kind of metaphor?

"Pennsylvania arrived with its long steady roll of white barns and gentle hills. We drove along in a small hothouse of sourceless gloom."

  • owlman5

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    It does seem to be a metaphor. This one compares their automobile to a small hothouse of sourceless gloom. A small hothouse is a little glass house you can grow flowers in. "Gloom" without a source is growing in the car like flowers in that hothouse. This language doesn't make that much sense to me, but I think I have gone about as far toward explaining it as I can.
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