Oryx-and-Crake (oryx_and_crake) wrote in linguaphiles,

Dear linghuaphiles,
I came across an obscure place in Robertson Davies's "The Lyre of Orpheus". I hope someone is able to explain it.
"The foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart was what Darcourt had once called the [place where some characters of the book lived]". I understand what a rag-and-bone shop is, and the characters' dwelling was certainly foul, but why "of the heart"? What does that mean?
Thanks in advance.

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