To his great astonishment, the heavy bell went on from six to seven, and from seven to eight, and regularly up to twelve; then stopped. (A Christmas Carol)

What does it mean? I think the clock is going like 6 to 12. Or isn't it?

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Yes, the bell is going from 6 to 12. The author phrased it in that way to show that the bell was going number by number, from 6 to 12 in regular intervals. (think number line)

So the bell is ‘jumping’ from 6 to 7, then 7 to 8, then 8 to 9, then 9 to 10, then 10 to 11, then finally 11 to 12 instead of going from 6 to 12 without stopping.

  • i am not acquainted with English bell. I can't imagine it. I am foreigner. So can you be more specific? (If it isn't inconvenient, can u include a picture?)
    – user66705
    Dec 17, 2017 at 19:39
  • @ErkhesNyamsaikhan This video shows a tower clock mechanism first playing its quarter chime (the chime plays every quarter hour), then striking the bell 12 times, which it does on hours only, for 12 noon. Dec 17, 2017 at 21:04

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