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    Default motions of the blood

    I'm wondering about the expression motions of the blood in this excerpt:

    "I wonder if Liff Hyatt knows who my mother was?" she mused; and it
    filled her with a tremor of surprise to think that some woman who was
    once young and slight, with quick motions of the blood like hers, had
    carried her in her breast, and watched her sleeping.

    Any ideas?

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    Default Re: motions of the blood

    There was a belief that as a person grows older, the blood moves more slowly. Wharton is conjuring the image of a young and vital woman in whose body the blood flows quickly.

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    Default Re: motions of the blood

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    There was a belief that as a person grows older, the blood moves more slowly. Wharton is conjuring the image of a young and vital woman in whose body the blood flows quickly.

    Perfect, Anglika! That was exactly what I was looking for.

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