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To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.

Hi,
The above is written by Helen Keller. I wonder why she compare a carpet with a rug. Is it a proper comparison?
Besides, is "welcome" in the above equal to "pleasant?" Thanks.
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AngliholicI wonder why she compares a carpet with a rug
They are both floor coverings. Why not compare them?
Angliholicis "welcome" in the above equal to "pleasant?
Not exactly, though what is pleasant is normally welcome (gladly received).
CJ
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I think what she's comparing is the luxury of the two. It doesn't need to relate to the differences in function, concept, or structure.

And she's comparing them on a personal basis, in terms of her own personal needs and preferences. To a blind and deaf person, the sense of feel has a richness others can't understand. She's comparing the feeling of walking on one to the feeling of walking on the other. Someone else may only compare the way the two things look. Would you rather walk on a bed of nails or a bed of hot coals? Would you rather look at bed of nails or a bed of hot coals?

It may make sense to compare your personal reactions to A and B with respect to X, but not with respect to Y.

To me, a horse is more beautiful than a car. To you, a car is more beautiful than a horse.
To me, a car is more convenient than a horse. To you, a horse is more convenient than a car.

A.

I know this is rambling. Sorry. I'm too lazy to rewrite it.