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Our dining room was certainly darkened by heavy rain while we were having lunch but I think the expression is ... the counter, where it gleamed smugly in the rain-darkened room." I'd like to know how a pen can "gleam smugly".

Something to do with poetic licentiousness?
I note that the author is one Anthea Turner. Is this the same failed celebrity who presented Blue Peter and the Lottery?

I've no idea since I've never watched either.
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Our dining room was certainly darkened by heavy rain while we were having lunch but I think the expression is ... the counter, where it gleamed smugly in the rain-darkened room." I'd like to know how a pen can "gleam smugly".

Maybe it was one of those that glow in the dark. Smugly.
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I note that the author is one Anthea Turner. Is this the same failed celebrity who presented Blue Peter and the Lottery?

When I saw the first mention of Anthea(1) Turner I googled and amazoned. There appear to be two persons of the same name. The "failed celebrity" (2) seems to work with a ghost writer or co writer. The other seems to be a 'proper' writer.
(1) Oh Joy! The spellchecker suggested "anathema". (2) If a person is celebrated for being a failed celebrity, she is still a celebrity of a sort, isn't she?

Peter Duncanson
UK
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Doubt it. Don't the light get dimmer when it rains in your part of the world?

I would never think to describe a room as "rain-darkened," any more than it would be "curtain-darkened." A street or a shirt or something else that actually gets wet, sure, but not a room. Does "rain-darkened room" sound reasonable to you?

It sounds nice, but, as you say, it doesn't really mean a great deal. A rain-darkened landscape I can imagine. It's not the rain that darkens the room, but the clouds.

Rob Bannister
Doubt it. Don't the light get dimmer when it rains in your part of the world?

I would never think to describe a room as "rain-darkened," any more than it would be "curtain-darkened." A street or a shirt or something else that actually gets wet, sure, but not a room. Does "rain-darkened room" sound reasonable to you?

How are you with wine-dark sea? ***-tightening sea?
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I would never think to describe a room as "rain-darkened," ... not a room. Does "rain-darkened room" sound reasonable to you?

How are you with wine-dark sea? ***-tightening sea?

Fine, but I wouldn't be happy with 'wine-dark' or 'storm-dark' ship's cabin, and that's the problem I had with 'rain-darkened room'. I love 'rain-darkened landscape', but find it hard to extend that to the room.

Rob Bannister
How are you with wine-dark sea? ***-tightening sea?

Fine, but I wouldn't be happy with 'wine-dark' or 'storm-dark' ship's cabin, and that's the problem I had with 'rain-darkened room'. I love 'rain-darkened landscape', but find it hard to extend that to the room.

Me too. (Well, he asked.)

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How are you with wine-dark sea? ***-tightening sea?

Fine, but I wouldn't be happy with 'wine-dark' or 'storm-dark' ship's cabin, and that's the problem I had with 'rain-darkened room'. I love 'rain-darkened landscape', but find it hard to extend that to the room.

Perhaps somebody has left the windows open.

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Fine, but I wouldn't be happy with 'wine-dark' or 'storm-dark' ... but find it hard to extend that to the room.

Perhaps somebody has left the windows open.

LOL :-)

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