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|I guess you didn't understand what I meant
Written by Barbara
(10/2/2005 10:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Thanks for your efforts, everybody!, penned by Line
I meant that it sounds as though the Cottage and the Great House are half a mile apart, regardless of the method of travel, BUT you can SEE the Great House before you get to it (the aspect, the thing that catches the eye)--only a quarter of a mile past the Cottage.
The traveller, or whomever, would not actually have arrived at the Great House in the quarter of a mile. They would just be able to see it. That's what the quote suggests, anyhow, talking about the eye and the aspect.
You see the Cottage, you drive (or walk or whatever) another quarter of a mile and then you see the Great House (or you have an aspect of it, or it catches the eye), but there is still a further quarter of a mile to go to actually get there.
It makes no sense that the distance 'as the crow flies' would be longer, as that is generally meant to be a more direct route and therefore shorter.
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