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Posted by Henry on February 08, 2004

In Reply to: Bears posted by Miri Barak on February 08, 2004

: in the first chapter of the "enchanted castle" by Edith Nesbit (children book) Gerald, Jimmy and Kathy come across a tunner, the elder brother, Gerald says:
: "...because after all there might be somebody about, and the other arch might be and ice-house or something dangerous".
: "What?" asked Kathleen anxiously.
: "Bears, perphaps," said Berald briefly.
: "there aren't any bears without bars - in England, anyway." said Jimmy. "They call *bears bars* in America," he added absently.
: obviously *bear bars* is a kind of pun, or playing with the sounds, do I miss some hidden meaning in it, or any cultural hint?
: my thanks!!!

No further meaning that I can see.
Bears without bars - bears not in cages.
They pronounce 'bears' 'bars' in America.
Absently means absent mindedly.
A tunnel, I presume, in the text. An ice-house is an underground room to store ice in for use in summer.