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On the road walking to the village for Christmas mass, a lot of people passed by, nuggets of family in brown shells. A man leading his pregnant wife on a burro, like Joseph and Mary. Three long-legged girls in dresses straddling one gray mare, their legs hanging down like a giant insect. A peevish rooster that ought to have been in a better mood, because look here my friend: at the roadside butcher stand, all your comrades hang upside-down ready for roasting.


How would you explain this sentence: their legs hanging down like a giant insect? Does the author mean the girls’ legs are like giant insects, or the girls are like giant insects with their legs hanging down?
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    It would mean all three girls legs where like giant insects. This probably means there legs are very long and thin or just very long, I hope this helps a bit. :)

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