Her father SHALL see her, I vowed, and vowed again, if that devil be killed on his own doorstones
in trying to prevent it!
A birch besom was placed aslant in the open doorway of a house, with the head of the besom on the doorstone
, and the top of the handle on the doorpost.
This means to him that the object was reused in antiquity (taking up, implicitly, the reviewer's proposal that the piece was reused in antiquity as a doorstone
), and, based on his imagination of its 4000-year history, he deems "the probability would be virtually nil" (p.