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User Name: Bích San Hoàng
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Topic: What is a "half-cut book" in Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray?
Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2020 7:34:30 AM
FounDit wrote:
It's only a guess on my part, but as the book lies beside the flameless tapers (candles), I would surmise that the book lies half open. In the same way as we say, "Cut the cards", to mean divide the cards into two parts, a "half-cut" book would be "cut" open.

Thank you. That is also my initial guess.

lazarius wrote:
My guess is that this is a book with pages that need to be cut and half-cut actually means half-read:

Sounds reasonable enough. Thank you for your enlightening.
Topic: What is a "half-cut book" in Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray?
Posted: Friday, March 20, 2020 11:51:02 AM
I am reading the novel and encounter this phrase:

The flameless tapers stand where we had left them, and beside them lies the HALF-CUT BOOK that we had been studying, or the wired flower that we had worn at the ball, or the letter we had been afraid to read, or that we had read too often.

I did some Googling but to no satisfactory explanation. According to you, what does this phrase mean?

Many thanks in advance.