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    a lightning bolt and...

    Dear Teachers,
    I read the following passages from Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire:
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    "Don Vicente, let me ask for your arm. I'm faint as a dowager who has taken Madeira at noon." She looked about as faint as a lightning bolt.
    Is "as faint as a lightning bolt" a common simile in English? Because...in my opinion, lightning bolt is something strong rather than faint...
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    "It is 1502 .... every chin in Europe turns away from Byzantium and toward Lisboa and Castile."
    Does this imply that everybody switched their attention / interest from Byzantium to Lisboa and Castile?
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    "I was a dark twist of child hiding behind my father."
    What does it mean by "a dark twist" of child?

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    Re: a lightning bolt and...

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    1-- Your opinion is correct. This is sarcasm. The dowager looks very strong to Don Vicente.

    2-- Yes. I don't know why the writer chose chin over face, however; perhaps something in the context will explain that.

    3-- a dark twist of a child = a small, thin, dark-complexioned child, and probably in a twisted posture, which children often assume, hiding behind a father's leg.
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    Re: a lightning bolt and...

    Thanks!

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