In the following passage from 永井荷風, 浮世絵の鑑賞, how is one to interpret 直立濶歩したりし? It appears to mean 'strode (around) erect', but 'erect' doesn't seem quite appropriate here. I wouldn't have thought that Japanese had problems 'walking erect' even in a traditional dwelling.


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In this context, the word 直立 is used not just to mean standing, but to convey the idea of standing with one's back straight and in a dignified manner, holding the head up high, like this AI-generated picture of a 直立不動の男:

AI-generated picture of a 直立不動の男

闊歩 also expresses how the author was able to walk comfortably without worrying about his surroundings. The combined expression 直立闊歩 signifies the sense of security and confidence the author could feel in a Western house.

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