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Offline t k

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---- westward
« on: August 16, 2019, 02:50:05 am »
Mr. Letterblair, who lunched on a sandwich and tea, dined deliberately and deeply, and insisted on his guest's doing the same. Finally, when the closing rites had been accomplished, the cloth was removed, cigars were lit, and Mr. Letterblair, leaning back in his chair and pushing the port westward, said, spreading his back agreeably to the coal fire behind him: "The whole family are against a divorce. And I think rightly."  (from The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "westward".  With no reference to the general directions in the narrative, this sounded strange.  Isn't there a hidden meaning in it?  Thanks.  --- tk

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Re: ---- westward
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2019, 11:51:25 am »
I think it just means he pushed the decanter of port aside, probably to his left. It could be a play on "port" being not only a wine but also the left side of a boat/ship.

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Re: ---- westward
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2019, 12:27:03 pm »
Indeed. As it is passed in the Navy.
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