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    ChrisChen Guest

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    Hi Teacher'

    Could you please tell me the meanings of the bracketed parts of the following sentences?

    1. The sacks were piled on the floor. There were about forty of them, [each
    one depending in size on the need of the receive.]

    2. The people dreamed and fought and slept as much as ever. [And by habit
    they shortened their thoughts so that they would not wander out into the
    darkness beyond tomorrow.]

    Thanks a lot!

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    The first is very strange- it looks wrong to me. I imagine the idea is that the sacks were different sizes because the recipients had different needs.
    In the second, are the people is a war or something? It suggests that their future has become very short- they only think about the next day and getting through it.

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