"There's been a Death in the Opposite House", by Emily Dickinson
The minister goes stiffly in
As if the house were his
And he owned all the mourners now
And little boys besides
Some meanings as to the lines above:
In lines 13-16, the Minister is a dominant figure when death occurred.
- The Minister of the Church assures and takes control of the people and situation.
- Everyone listens to him and follows his order.
- He performs the last rites for the death.
I am wondering what the bold part means.
Would you simply show me the concept of the bold parts or the meaning of its?