There are some sentences from The Rescuers.
1. How she would have liked to put the matter to the meeting herself! An enterprise so difficult and dangerous! Dear, faithful old comrade as the Secretary was, had he the necessary eloquence? But rules are rules!
what does it mean?
2.Every mouse in the hall shuddered. The country they lived in was still barely civilised, a country of great gloomy mountains, enormous deserts, rivers like strangled seas.
what does "gloomy mountains" and "rivers like strangled seas" mean?