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hiromichi



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:43 am    Post subject: by wink of water Reply with quote

What does 'by wink of water' mean ia a passage of a novel?

Of Time and the River, by Thomas Wolfe
vii
The train rushed on across the brown autumnal land, by wink of water and the rocky coasts, the small white towns and flaming colours and the lonely, tragic and eternal beauty of New England. It was the country of his heart’s desire, the dark Helen in his blood forever burning ? and now the fast approach across October land, the engine smoke that streaked back on the sharp grey air that day!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't really know what this one means, but it is poetic language, so sometimes that is hard to explain.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lorikeet,
Thank you.
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