Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: reached up

  1. #1
    keannu's Avatar
    keannu is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    4,368
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default reached up

    By "reach up", do you mean "come closer" or sometimes "stand up"? In this case, it seems to be "come closer".

    ex).I was on my lunch break when a homelss lady came walking toward me. She was yelling and begging everyone who walked past her for change. My instant reaction was fear...to hope she wouldn't come near me, but she did. I was on the phone and when she came over yelling, I said, "I'm on the phone" in the nicest way I could. She walked away, mumbling, "I'm annoying you. I'm sorry. I'm sorry." And she turned the corner.
    Normally, I would feel indifferent, but something in me couldn't rest. Without another thought, I looked in my wallet for the change I had. It was just dimes and pennies, but I found a few and was going to give them to her. Suddenly, something amazing happened. I started searching through my entire purse for ALL of the change I could possibly find to give.
    ..She looked at me and said, "Will you touch my face?" And I did. I reached up and put my hand on her cheeck and she started to cry. She was still and calm, and it sent a shock through me that I can't really explain....

    g1-10.46
    Last edited by keannu; 08-Feb-2012 at 07:32.

  2. #2
    JMurray is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • New Zealand
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    1,712
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: reached up

    My first thought was that the writer was lying or sitting down and therefore had to reach upwards with his hand to touch her face. Although they could be standing face-to-face and he could still be said to reach up to her face, needing to raise his arm from his side.

    However, I looked up the passage and the writer seems to be a little confused. At first he was sitting at a cafe table when the woman came along and he asked her to leave him alone. She left him and "turned the corner". Then he says that he "got up and walked towards this lady…" and:
    She looked at me and said, "Will you touch my face?" And for some reason, I did. I reached up and put my hand on her cheek and she started to cry.
    But then he writes:
    Right there, on the corner with people walking all around, I sat there for a few brief moments with my hand on her cheek.
    So he says that he stood up and walked over to her, around the corner presumably, and then says that he was still sitting down. Confusing!

    not a teacher
    Last edited by JMurray; 08-Feb-2012 at 09:12.

  3. #3
    Amigos4's Avatar
    Amigos4 is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    33,058
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: reached up

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    My first thought was that the writer was lying or sitting down and therefore had to reach upwards with his hand to touch her face. However they could be standing face-to-face and he could still be said to reach up to her face, needing to raise his arm from his side.

    However, I looked up the passage and the writer seems to be a little confused. At first he was sitting at a cafe table when the woman came along and he asked her to leave him alone. She left him and "turned the corner". Then he says that he "got up and walked towards this lady" and:
    She looked at me and said, "Will you touch my face?" And for some reason, I did. I reached up and put my hand on her cheek and she started to cry.
    But then he writes:
    Right there, on the corner with people walking all around, I sat there for a few brief moments with my hand on her cheek.
    So he says that he stood up and walked over to her, around the corner presumably, and then says that he was still sitting down. Confusing!

    not a teacher
    JMurray, where are you getting the contextual background for the comment? There is nothing in the original post that suggests anyone was seated!

  4. #4
    JMurray is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • New Zealand
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    1,712
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: reached up


  5. #5
    Amigos4's Avatar
    Amigos4 is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    33,058
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: reached up

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    I am impressed! How did you find the URL for this post?

  6. #6
    JMurray is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • New Zealand
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    1,712
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: reached up

    amigos4: I wanted more context so I Googled: "She looked at me and said, "Will you touch my face?".
    Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. :)

  7. #7
    Amigos4's Avatar
    Amigos4 is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    33,058
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: reached up

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    amigos4: I wanted more context so I Googled: "She looked at me and said, "Will you touch my face?".
    Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. :)
    When was the last time a woman looked at you and said: "Will you touch my face?" It's kind of romantic, JMurray!

Similar Threads

  1. reached over to
    By keannu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 29-Jan-2012, 10:13
  2. [Grammar] Once i reach/ reached
    By mcadhu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 25-Mar-2009, 03:30
  3. by...(had) reached
    By joham in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 19-Sep-2008, 23:41
  4. reached home
    By kahhong in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 17-Oct-2007, 13:19
  5. my feeling reached you?
    By pink dragon in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 13-Dec-2006, 19:24

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •