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What does "the nightly gas leak" in the short story "The Pendulum"...
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It probaby refers to just that-a gas leak that occurs each night, and, as O. Henry elegantly yet sarcastically puts it, "would steal forth to frolic in the highways". This leak is later referred to when Katy asks John to "write to the gas comany about the meter". It is one description in a very long series of details on what happens every single night around their flat, meant to emphasize the predictablity and monotonous nature of their life, and made more significant when that daily routine is disrupted when Katy leaves.
Posted by mrs-campbell on December 5, 2008 at 3:42 AM (Answer #1)
High School Teacher
The writer appears to be referring to the fact that many residents like John Perkins head for fun and frolic on the highways in the evening from Frogmore Flats.The gas leak may indicate the gasoline emission of their vehicles. It stands to reason that , in a typical demographic settlement,John Perkins is not the only resident to frequent the clubs at night.
Posted by ramlakshmi on September 9, 2009 at 10:50 AM (Answer #2)
It can be related with the sound of flute. Music is a pious term but here Perkins dislikes all the noises created by his neighbours at frogmore flats. thus a derogatory term....
Posted by monika11may on November 1, 2009 at 11:51 AM (Answer #3)
It probably refers to the smoke of the gas that pass out from the chimney in cold countries,and thus the smoke frolic or play in the highway by spreading all over the place.
Posted by suvidha on January 11, 2010 at 10:04 PM (Answer #4)
The expression means the intoxicating environment at night in and around the Frogmore Flats.The rocking music,cocktail parties,people leaving for night clubs etc make the place full of endless joy and celebration.It appears as if some unidentified mesmerising gas extends its sway all over.
Posted by aamirstpauls on February 2, 2010 at 12:55 AM (Answer #5)
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