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possible misprint? 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
IN "The Paris Bourse" (1877, in London), RLS writes:

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"But to hear the Parisian devotees of Mammon at their exercises is to exhaust and outstrip all that imagination can conceive in the way of stupefying sound. Shrill or sullen, cracked or jovial, bawl or shriek, every form of human outcry is massed together into one solid object of offence. The ears crack and tingle; the brain shrinks in the brain-pan; the heart doubles time, as if at the call of drums. It is hideous and hateful; it wounds, mangles, and obliterates; it hurts like the toothache, and irritates like an insult. You feel like a wild animal when the wake is full of horns and beagles..."


"the wake" looks very much like a misprint - has anyone any ideas about the possible intended word?
 
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Re:possible misprint? 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
What about horns and beagles following the tracks of a wild animal? Cf. OALD(idiom.)in the wake of somebody/something, coming after or following somebody/something.
 
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Re:possible misprint? 2 Years, 3 Months ago  
Yes, I think you've got it!

I was thinking along the lines of "the wood full of horns and beagles" so I was trying to fit "wake" into that: but your suggestion sounds good.

It's still a typically Stevensonian "bending" of a word's use. One might say "when its wake is full of horns and beagles".

The idiom-like new use, disorients the reader a little; and we also get a wild-animal's point-of-view, looking backwards.
 
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