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Offline t k

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It was an unpleasant meal altogether. Mrs. Thornton had prepared for her husband his “favorite dish”: than which no action could more annoy a man of whim. In the middle of it all in burst Sam, ceremony dropped: he flung the handkerchief angrily on the table and stumped out.

“What on earth…” began Mr. Thornton.

But John and Emily knew: and thoroughly agreed with Sam as to the cause of the storm. Stealing was bad enough anyway, but on a Sunday!
(from A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "in burst Sam".  Sam may refer to "Lame-foot Sam", a black person living around Thorntons, a servant, I assume, who children saw steal Mr Thornton's hankerchief.  Thanks.  --- tk

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Re: In the middle of it all in burst Sam, ceremony dropped: he flung the
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2016, 04:38:51 am »
It means he burst into the room. Entered the room suddenly and most likely, angrily.