IRENE
What does "in all its breadth" mean? indeed the moon a quarter full and sinking in the west was in its apparent size beyond comparison, but scarcely in all its breadth had it as much brightness now as the little circle of the strange new star. What does "in all its breadth" mean?
Oct 15, 2018 10:55 AM
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I think the meaning is this: 1. Despite the moon being now only a quarter full and already sinking it is still very big/bright. 2. Therefore, when the moon is full, and fully risen, it is even more bright. 3. Even in this "full" state the moon is scarcely (very rarely) brighter than the "strange new star" So, the "strange new star" is very bright!
October 15, 2018
I'm confused about why it is "they were of a comparable brightness". There is a “scarcely” in second clause, shouldn't it be "they weren't of a comparable brightness"?
October 15, 2018
"breadth" is the measurement of something from one side to the other. Your piece describes a quarter moon, which would be less in size, and brightness to a full moon. Despite the fact that the quarter moon is much bigger from side to side than the "strange new star" they were of a comparable brightness.
October 15, 2018
Hi Irene, In all its glory... in all its possibility... in all its scope, wonder, magnificence. In all its potential. I hope this helps, Stephen
October 15, 2018
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