Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    vkhu is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Vietnamese
      • Home Country:
      • Vietnam
      • Current Location:
      • Vietnam
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    191
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Help me understand this passage

    This passage was taken from the short story "I have no mouth and I must scream". I don't really get what the author is trying to say here, especially the bold sentence. Can someone please elaborate?

    "I gave in easily. What the hell. Mattered not at all. Ellen was grateful, though. She took me twice out of turn. Even that had ceased to matter. And she never came, so why bother? But the machine giggled every time we did it."

  2. #2
    SoothingDave is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    9,854
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Help me understand this passage

    They seem to be speaking of having sexual intercourse. From my brief reading of the wikipedia entry on this short story, it involves 4 men and 1 woman who were the only remaining humans. Perhaps they had a system whereby each man had his "turn" with the woman sexually. She presumably had sex with this man when it was not his "turn."

Similar Threads

  1. We can know from the passage that
    By joham in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Mar-2012, 04:43
  2. plz help me understand this passage
    By san2612 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 24-Dec-2010, 13:57
  3. Please help me understand this passage
    By YOSHITAKEHORI in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-Sep-2006, 13:27
  4. Please help me understand this passage.
    By YOSHITAKEHORI in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-Sep-2006, 11:45
  5. thru Passage
    By piggy386 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 16-Nov-2004, 21:49

Posting Permissions

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