H.P. Lovecraft's The Picture in the House begins with the narrator travelling down an abandoned road. From "I did not hesitate to wheel my machine ...", I gather that he was driving a car. His journey is interrupted by "a rain of such chilling copiousness that any shelter was preferable to exposure".

Why would he need to seek shelter from the rain if he was already in a car?

  • @Mark: Thanks for the tag. Could you change it to the-picture-in-the-house?
    – user1320
    Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 20:39
  • let me think about that, for some reason I think your supposed to drop the 'the' when making tags. But I could be wrong, anyone feel free to correct me. Similar to the reasoning that indexes often put common prepositions and 'the' at the end of a title. I'm a huge Lovecraft fan BTW. Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 20:46
  • Looking at the create tag page, I can't find any information on the tag customs so I'll go with whatever anyone with tag privileges wants to do. Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 21:00
  • @Mark, I suppose it will solve itself through the democratic process of synonyms if there is a need.
    – user1320
    Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 21:07
  • One of the other moderators @Gilles, thought it was fine, so I changed it as you suggested. Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 21:11

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It looks like my premise was wrong. From a couple of paragraphs later:

I entered, carrying my bicycle, and closed the door behind me.

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