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What does 'to count your plasaures by summers instead by hours' mean? Twice she had been to Coney Island and had ridden the hobby-horses. 'Tis a weary thing to count your plasaures by summers instead by hours.

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Hi,

What does 'to count your pleasures by summers instead by hours' mean? Twice she had been to Coney Island and had ridden the hobby-horses. 'Tis a weary thing to count your plasaures by summers instead of by hours.

To me, the meaning is not very clear. I think it means you should enjoy each hour, or indeed each moment, without thinking ahead to the next. Consider the example of a young child, to whom the summer seems endless. Compare that to an older person, for whom the summer seems to pass so quickly.

Best wishes, Clive

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I like May's interpretation. It conforms to the idea that what is wearisome in counting pleasures is having so few to count.
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May I venture a suggestion? I think maybe this means that she has very few pleasures and far between. Maybe a trip to Coney Island once in a summer is about her only entertainment, so she has to count her pleasures by summers?
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