How would you interpret the word “lines” in the context?
How would you interpret the word “lines” in the last but one sentence “The tears came streaming down his cheeks like the lines you see on the street”?
What do you think the “lines” refer to?
PS: the excerpt is taken from “Shoes” written by an Israeli author, Etgar Keret. And I’m reading an English translation.
On Holocaust Memorial Day our teacher Sara took us on bus No. 57 to visit the Museum of Volhynia Jewry, and I felt very important. All the kids in the class except me, my cousin, and another boy, Druckman, were of Iraqi origin. I was the only one with a grandfather who had died in the Holocaust. The Volhynia House was very beautiful and posh, all made of black marble, like millionaire’s houses. It was full of sad black-and-white pictures and lists of people and countries and dead folks. We walked past the pictures in pairs and the teacher said, “Don’t touch!” But I did touch one picture, made of cardboard, showing a thin pale man who was crying and holding a sandwich in his hand. The tears came streaming down his cheeks like the lines you see on the street, and my partner, Orit Salem, said she would tell the teacher that I touched it, and I said I didn’t care, she could tell whoever she wanted, even the principal, I don’t give a damn. It’s my grandpa and I’m touching whatever I want.