Does "well forward" mean 'far forward' in this passage?
"They jerked down the straps on my bib overalls, held my arms high, peeled off my ragged shirt. They exposed my filth, my black armpits, my dirty neck, for everyone to see. The faces of those children, the girl well forward among them, filled with horror perverted with glee."
Does it mean 'far forward'? If so, which phrase do you prefer to use in conversation?