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    currents ... running through

    I'm having difficulties understanding the exact meaning of running through, in the excerpt below:


    On such an afternoon Charity Royall lay on a ridge above a sunlit
    hollow, her face pressed to the earth and the warm currents of the grass
    running through her.


    I suppose that the currents of the grass means the wind moving the grass? However, in what way could that run through her? Comments, please!

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    I intepret the phrase as: "she felt the sensation provided by the combination of the warm wind and the grass."

    Since she's lying face down, she cannot sense either the wind or the grass separately, but only the joint movement of the two.

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    Re: currents ... running through

    Quote Originally Posted by Caorthine View Post
    I'm having difficulties understanding the exact meaning of running through, in the excerpt below:


    On such an afternoon Charity Royall lay on a ridge above a sunlit
    hollow, her face pressed to the earth and the warm currents of the grass
    running through her.


    I suppose that the currents of the grass means the wind moving the grass? However, in what way could that run through her? Comments, please!
    That sounds strange. Was it written by a native speaker? If it was, it's a terrible phrase. Still, I guess with a heroine's name like Charity Royall, you're not reading Dickens.

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    Re: currents ... running through

    This is the story of a young woman's sexual awakening. Even just lying on the grass is eroticized, using 'currents running through her' as if she was having an orgasm.

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    Re: currents ... running through

    Please read here a really accurate interpretation of the sentence:

    Word Irreverence :: View topic - Run through

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    Re: currents ... running through

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    This is the story of a young woman's sexual awakening. Even just lying on the grass is eroticized, using 'currents running through her' as if she was having an orgasm.
    Yes, but "currents of the grass"? Maybe she's been smoking it? (or the author has).

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    Re: currents ... running through

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, but "currents of the grass"? Maybe she's been smoking it? (or the author has).
    Hahaha!

    Maybe it's just a licencia poetica ("poetic license") of the author.

    Have you read what Johnny Cash in Word Irreverence has to say about this? It's really interesting his interpretation of "currents of the grass" (Similar to David L.'s, but more elaborated).

    Word Irreverence :: View topic - Run through

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