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I would like to understand the following sentence, as the meaning of "opening upon" is not clear to me:

There was a compound adjoining, filled with rank reed and a solitary pipal tree. Nicholson said that the ghost generally appeared in one of the rooms opening upon it, and this I selected as the one in which to spend the night.

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    The rooms open upon (or to) the compound.
    – StephenS
    Aug 31, 2020 at 18:19
  • @StephenS Thanks, but this "open upon" phrase is not clear to me :) Also I guess that is how you know the author means the compound and not the tree?
    – John V
    Aug 31, 2020 at 18:23
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    We can say a room “opens to” some area, meaning it has a doorway to that area. For instance, my kitchen opens to my back yard, or my bathroom opens to the hallway. “opens upon” is the same idea.
    – StephenS
    Aug 31, 2020 at 18:28
  • @StephenS Ah, right, so like facing, I guess.
    – John V
    Aug 31, 2020 at 18:29

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I have reduced the sentence to focus on the parts which are most useful to decipher the answer to your question:

There was a compound adjoining....Nicholson said that the ghost generally appeared in one of the rooms opening upon it

The word "it" refers to the compound. So the room is opening upon the compound.

Now what does "opening upon" mean?

This means that the room is accessible from the compound and vice versa. Specifically, there is a door or other opening which can be used to come and go that faces the compound.

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