which I had enticed to play between the ribs


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Korean, South Korea.
We were both of us nodding ere any one invaded our retreat, and then it was Joseph, shuffling down a wooden ladder that vanished in the roof, through a trap: the ascent to his garret, I suppose. He cast a sinister look at the little flame which I had enticed to play between the ribs. - From Chapter 3 in Wuthering Heights-


What did the author possibly mean by the phrase "which I had enticed to play between the ribs."? What do you imagine from it? :)

Please gimme a hint.

  • Dimcl

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    Canadian English
    Please gimme give me a hint.

    There has to have been a previous reference to the location and the candle. The sentence wouldn't just be popped in with no context. Unfortunately, I don't have a copy of "Wuthering Heights" or would look it up for curiousity's sake. I would recommend that you have another scan of the preceding pages because I suspect that there is context there somewhere to explain the phrase.


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    English - USA
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