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An excerpt from a novel by Philip K. D.i.c.k.

 
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Smee



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2003 11:37 am    Post subject: An excerpt from a novel by Philip K. D.i.c.k. Reply with quote

I have read recently in a novel: "At the time it had seemed almost funny, the fat, fluffy white birds lying here and there, in yards and on streets; coming out no earlier than twilight as they had while alive the owls escaped notice."
Would you mind explain me in other words what exactly means the last part of the excerpt?
(The excerpt belongs to the novel: "Do androids dream of electric sheeps?" by Philip K. D.i.c.k.)
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SiamBull



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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2003 4:31 pm    Post subject: Excerpt Reply with quote

coming out no earlier than twilight as they had while alive the owls escaped notice."


Hello,
These white birds are apparently dead, maybe ghosts. These owls come out when the sun is going down (twilight) and they are not seen (escape notice) in the same way as in the past when they were living birds.

Exactly what a 'fluffy' bird is is hard to say.

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bud



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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2003 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smee, as a native English speaker, I can make no grammatical sense of the last part of that sentence. Are you sure it is copied exactly? If the words are correct, perhaps the punctuation is a bit off?
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