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too many huge, raw-beef slices of watermelon on stalls Options
vkhu
Posted: Monday, February 5, 2018 11:07:36 AM
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[...] too much, too much sun, too much smell of Venice, too many cargoes of strawberries, too many silk shawls, too many huge, raw-beef slices of watermelon on stalls: too much enjoyment, altogether far too much enjoyment!

The excerpt comes from here: https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/l/lawrence/dh/l41l/chapter17.html

I'm completely baffled by the phrase in bold. What are the slices on the stalls? Are they beef or watermelon?
thar
Posted: Monday, February 5, 2018 11:36:36 AM

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They are slices of watermelon.

The description of them is 'raw beef'.
What does raw beef look like? - what image does that give you of the watermelon?
vkhu
Posted: Monday, February 5, 2018 11:50:09 AM
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Now that I think about it, beef does bear some semblance to watermelon. I find watermelon's red lighter and more glossy though. Couldn't have made the connection without someone pointing it out.
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Monday, February 5, 2018 12:59:01 PM

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Is it common to describe watermelon as looking like raw beef? Any why would you? This is the first I've heard of such a thing.
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Posted: Monday, February 5, 2018 1:22:34 PM

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If you've travelled from a country (like England) where you may never have seen such a thing, a stall covered with slices of watermelon could well look like a butcher's stall.



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thar
Posted: Monday, February 5, 2018 2:58:27 PM

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As someone who only encountered watermelons as an adult - believe me, they are fleshy, red and wet! Whistle

Very odd, when you have never encountered anything like them before.

The bloody beef analogy is extreme, but quite apt.

And he is exaggerating - everything is too much - the sights, the smell. It is the place for an unorthodox metaphor.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Monday, February 5, 2018 4:55:39 PM

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I remember when a watermelon was an uncommon exotic fruit to me in the UK, we read about them in books, saw them in American TV shows and films.

Then one day the local greengrocer brought some from the market in London and carved them into slices and we pestered our Mum to buy a slice to try, it was an experience to eat it although the seeds were a little tough.

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