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Wu Ting
How would you interpret the phrase “Hands pressed flat against the windows”? The terrible concert in Peekskill, that was Robeson. Workingman’s songs and Negro spirituals and concertgoers beaten bloody afterward. Just one road leading out of the place—how trapped those families must have felt, with throngs of armed police and citizens waiting at the roadsides to hurl rocks at their buses. Hands pressed flat against the windows, automobiles overturned, families dragged out and beaten, no matter their color. It’s here in Life Magazine, photo and caption: “In scheduling the concert the party-liners had hoped for just such a chance to become propaganda martyrs, so there was a tendency to conclude that ‘they asked for it.’ The Communists got more help from the hoodlums who stoned the buses than they did from their own fellow travelers.” How would you interpret the phrase “Hands pressed flat against the windows”? Whose hands does the word “hands” refer to? The hands of concertgoers, or the hands of the mob? Thanks.
Jun 24, 2015 1:44 PM
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It's not clear, but I would assume it's the concertgoers who are looking out of the windows. They'd be in a stressed state so would be looking out with their hands against the glass.
June 24, 2015
Wu Ting
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
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