Explain clearly as you can why the boys consulted their silver watches. i have to get the answer from the passage, this is the passage:
From time to time, with a show of mock solemnity the boys consulted their silver watches-not to tell the hour but to see whose watch was beating faster. On Saturday nights theook turns to have a hip-bath on front of the fire; and they lived with the memory of their mother.
i am not sure if this is enough information for you but i can tell you that the boys were brothers and they were kind. their mother had died a long time ago and they always quarelled.
thanks very much if you can help.
There are two metaphors I came up with, the first one being that the boys are checking their watches to find out who's is the best, the second one is that the watches signify how much time they have left in their lives, since their mother just died, and who ever's beats the fastest has the least amount of time left.