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    Need help with understanding a sentence!

    The following is a sentence from The Old Man and The Sea:


    The sail was patched with flour sacks and, furled, it looked like the flag of permanent defeat.


    Is "furled" a shortened form of "when furled"? Otherwise I have difficulty understanding this sentence.

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: Need help with understanding a sentence!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo_Lin View Post
    The following is a sentence from The Old Man and The Sea:


    The sail was patched with flour sacks and, furled, it looked like the flag of permanent defeat.


    Is "furled" a shortened form of "when furled"? Otherwise I have difficulty understanding this sentence.

    Many thanks in advance.
    Yes, it is.

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    Re: Need help with understanding a sentence!

    Please note that a better title would have been 'Furled' as that is the word you are puzzled about.

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.' (Posting Guidelines)

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