...London line was to get snowed up....

Discussion in 'English Only' started by chong lee, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. chong lee

    chong lee Senior Member

    türkçe
    Hi,
    The quote is from the story "Quail Seed" by H. H. Munro.

    What does it mean "not unless the London line was to get snowed up for a fortnight before Christmas" ? Is London line the subway (tube) ?

    Thank you

    People don't care to buy half a pound of sugar nowadays unless they can listen to Harry Lauder and have the latest Australian cricket scores ticked off before their eyes. With the big Christmas stock we've got in we ought to keep half a dozen assistants hard at work, but as it is my nephew Jimmy and myself can pretty well attend to it ourselves. It's a nice stock of goods, too, if I could only run it off in a few weeks time, but there's no chance of that -- not unless the London line was to get snowed up for a fortnight before Christmas
     
  2. The Newt

    The Newt Senior Member

    USA / EEUU
    English - US
    It sounds like the idea is "if the train line into London were to be blocked by snow," the implication being, presumably, that in such a case shoppers would have to shop locally instead of going into the city.
     
  3. chong lee

    chong lee Senior Member

    türkçe
    Thank you.
     

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