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A sentence from Churchill's speech

"I see the ten thousand villages of Russia where the means of existence is wrung so hardly from the soil, but where there are still primordial human joys, where maidens laugh and children play."


"the means of existence", I looked up the online dictionary, which says that it means the way of life exist (生存方式). Then I'm confused how to understand that sentence, "where means of existence is wrung so hardly from the soil", it'd be nice if you're willing to explain how to understand it, thank you.

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Category: Language

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    "where means of existence is wrung so hardly from the soil"
    Basically it means that the people living in these villages have a difficult life farming the land. Then Churchill goes on to say, "but where there are still primordial human joys, where maidens laugh and children play."
    Meaning even though life is difficult there, people (especially children) still find happiness.

    It is a figure of speech. The means of existence (the things which sustain life, food, shelter) is wrung (squeezed, extracted from with great force) hardly (with hardship, or difficulty) from the soil (from the ground).

    Churchill means that life is hard, that the very act of living requires great effort on the part of Russian villiagers

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