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Wu Ting
How would you explain this sentence in the context? On the streets you can see which men are farmers who’ve come to the city for the day: white trousers, rolled to the knees. The men taking coffee at La Flor were all black-trouser men. The ladies wore cloche hats and smart, short dresses like Mother’s, but with black stockings for modesty. The waitresses had white aprons and eyes wide with fright. This city is like Washington, and it isn’t. It’s difficult to remember real places from the book places. PS: They(a boy and his mother) had moved from Washington to Mexico City the year before. And the boy read a lot of books. How would you explain the last sentence: It’s difficult to remember real places from the book places? Thanks!
Jan 30, 2014 4:43 AM
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It’s difficult to remember real places from the book places means that the boy who has read a lot about many different places finds it hard to remember whether he has actually been to these places or has just read about them, as he feels that he knows them.
February 1, 2014
hmm - I'm not sure. Possibly it means that the boy finds it difficult to remember which places are 'real places', and which are 'book places' - i.e. places that he has read about in books.
January 30, 2014
Wu Ting
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
Learning Language
English