Kelly Xu
it sighed to silence a phrase or two behind the congregation??? 1) Deacon Hurd began to laugh. “The way I heard it, you were trying to wash blood off your shirt. You know, son, you’ll learn that living in Maine is living more like a man than down in some easy city. But you have to be smart, too. You don’t want to start throwing punches at someone a whole lot bigger than you—not if you don’t want to get knocked around.” I would like to know what does "living more like a man " mean. Thanks. 2) The organ turned to a melancholy last hymn, playing too slowly; after four verses, it sighed to silence a phrase or two behind the congregation. I would like to know what does "it sighed to silence a phrase or two behind the congregation" mean. Thanks.
Jul 29, 2014 7:01 AM
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"Living more like a man" means facing more challenges and hardships to prove your masculinity. "Take it like a man!" For the organ, I'm guessing it is operated by foot-pumps, so underneath the music there is the sound of air pushing through bellows. After the people at mass (the congregation) stopped singing and the organist stopped playing, the last amount of air escaped through the bellows and it could be heard. It "sighed to silence". If the congregation had continued singing, they would have sung about two lines (phrases) before that final sigh from the organ.
July 29, 2014
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