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Hi
Please help me the meanings of these expressions from Best Seller by O Henry
1. "The house when entered had a fell that we have opened a wormy English walnut."
2. "While we relate anecdotes .........we sense an agreeable way of promoting and perpetuating amenities between friends."
Here how should amenities be interpreted?
3. "I am not looking for smoke , even if I do come from Pittsburgh".
What does the word 'smoke' mean here?
4. "With that laugh she sounded like a mileage -book to me."
What does this mean?
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What version of the story are you reading? I know O.Henry wrote in English, but your sentences 1 and 2 sounds like bad translations from another language. I've checked two online versions of the story, and the sentence aout English Walnuts reads as follows:

"Say, did you ever crack open a wormy English walnut? That's what that house was like. There wasn't enough furniture in it to fill an eight-dollar flat."

(This means that there was a lot of empty space int he house, and not enough furniture too fill it up.)

The sentence about anecdotes reads like this:

"'The relating of anecdotes and humorous occurrences has always seemed to me, Mr. Pescud, to be a particularly agreeable way of promoting and perpetuating amenities between friends."

"Amenities" is odd here even in the original, but your version has substituted "While we relate anecdotes .........we sense an agreeable way. . . "

The speaker is using "amenities" in an odd way here, apparently to mean "friendly relations."

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I'm afraid I made those changes to make them look short. Please excuse me for the confusion it has caused.
Thank you very much for the answers.
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