Wu Ting
How would you interpret this phrase ‘pulled and twisted’ in the last sentence? Does it mean he pulled and twisted his legs’? Or does it mean he pulled his legs and twisted his body? Thanks. It’s from A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (Chapter 9). the context: Through the other noise I heard a cough, then came the chuh-chuhchuh-chuh—then there was a flash, as when a blast-furnace door is swung open, and a roar that started white and went red and on and on in a rushing wind. I tried to breathe but my breath would not come and I felt myself rush bodily out of myself and out and out and out and all the time bodily in the wind. I went out swiftly, all of myself, and I knew I was dead and that it had all been a mistake to think you just died. Then I floated, and instead of going on I felt myself slide back. I breathed and I was back…and then I heard close to me some one saying "Mama Mia! Oh, mama Mia!" I pulled and twisted and got my legs loose finally and turned around and touched him. It was Passini and when I touched him he screamed.
Apr 17, 2016 12:43 PM
Answers · 2
He pulled upon and twisted around his own legs. He was doing so to free himself because his legs were trapped.
April 17, 2016
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