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Specifically,what does the line "which all the rooms opened off" mean.Does the hallway have these doors which were open?

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    It means that the hallway had a door connecting it directly to every room in the house. "The room opens off of this hallway" means "there is a door from the hallway into this room"; the sentence states that every room in the house had this property. – Hellion Aug 13 '15 at 21:17
  • Even if it says the rooms 'opened_off' the hallway, it doesn't mean that the doors were left open. – Hugh Aug 13 '15 at 22:49
  • It a slightly strange twist on the idiomatic "the room opened off the hallway/ballroom/whatever", meaning that the main access to the room was through a doorway coming from that space. Has nothing to do with whether the door is open or closed, or whether there even is a door in the doorway. – Hot Licks Aug 18 '15 at 0:30

It simply means that the hallway contained entrances to all the rooms; each room could be entered via the hallway.

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^ It would probably look similar to this.

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