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does "closely" mean "tightly"? does "place over" mean "place above each other"?

On this occasion Miss Cook's face was not visible, as her head had to be closely bound up in a thick shawl, but I specially satisfied myself that she was there. An attempt to throw the light direct on to her uncovered face, when entranced, was attended with serious consequences.

..When these two pictures are placed over each other, the two photographs of myself coincide exactly as regards stature, etc., but Katie is half a head taller than Miss Cook,...

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  • Welcome to ELL :-). I would recommend separating these two in two questions as you are asking for meaning in context of two different expressions.
    – Lucky
    Jun 13, 2020 at 22:59

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In the context of the text, closely means tightly but placed over means superimposed or overlayed.

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