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    Default why use"beat" to describ STORM? ??

    Hi all the teachers and friends,

    Would you like to help me those following questions?
    Thanks in advance!

    Lucy ( a eager beaver! )


    Question one:
    Here is one line as follow, and i feel strange why author used "beat":

    "We started home, trying to beat the storm. The lightning was near
    now."


    Question two:
    What does "heresy" mean in this sentence?

    "For a long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my
    fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of the rain."


    Question three:
    Can we say cruelty by using " a knot of"? And how to understand
    "borne by stream of love" here?

    "There is inside me (and with sadness I have seen it in others) a knot of
    cruelty borne by the stream of love. And at times I was mean to
    Doodle. ?

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    Default Re: why use"beat" to describ STORM? ??

    Commentary.

    Question one:
    Here is one line as follow, and i feel strange why author used "beat":

    "We started home, trying to beat the storm. The lightning was near
    now."
    It means they were trying to get to shelter before it started raining.

    (Instead of "I feel strange why author used beat" say, "I wonder why the author used beat."

    I can't answer your other questions without more--probably considerably more context. The phrases are quite unusual.

    TTYL

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    Default Re: why use"beat" to describ STORM? ??

    Thanks Ron for the answer for the first question:)

    ok, now I wonder if i should copy the whole article here to make the rest questions more clear?!
    Tell me if you want please.


    lucy from China

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    Default Re: why use"beat" to describ STORM? ??

    Quote Originally Posted by lucyarliwu
    Thanks Ron for the answer for the first question:)

    ok, now I wonder if i should copy the whole article here to make the rest questions more clear?!
    Tell me if you want please.


    lucy from China
    The preceding paragraph might be enough. If you have a link to that article (presuming that it is on the Web) that would probably be helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucyarliwu
    Hi all the teachers and friends,

    Would you like to help me those following questions?
    Thanks in advance!

    Lucy ( a eager beaver! )


    Question one:
    Here is one line as follow, and i feel strange why author used "beat":

    "We started home, trying to beat the storm. The lightning was near
    now."


    Question two:
    What does "heresy" mean in this sentence?

    "For a long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my
    fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of the rain."


    Question three:
    Can we say cruelty by using " a knot of"? And how to understand
    "borne by stream of love" here?

    "There is inside me (and with sadness I have seen it in others) a knot of
    cruelty borne by the stream of love. And at times I was mean to
    Doodle. ?
    Beat does mean to get to shelter before the storm.
    Knot refers to a feeling of tightness inside the body. I have no idea what the author means about the heresy of the rain.

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    Default Re: why use"beat" to describ STORM? ??

    Thanks Ron and thanks TDOL for your nice help ! :)

    Here's the link of the story, which is really touching for me!
    Now I'd love to share with you all!


    http://reading.englishclub.com/ss_scarletibis.htm



    Lucy ( a eager beaver ) ^_^

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucyarliwu
    Thanks Ron and thanks TDOL for your nice help ! :)

    Here's the link of the story, which is really touching for me!
    Now I'd love to share with you all!


    http://reading.englishclub.com/ss_scarletibis.htm



    Lucy ( a eager beaver ) ^_^
    Re:
    "There is inside me (and with sadness I have seen it in others) a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love."

    The clue is in the following sentence: "And at times I was mean to Doodle." (That is further illustrated by the sentences that follow.)

    He says that he loved his brother, but at times his "cruel streak" showed itself, and he was mean to his brother.

    This illustrates how important context can be in understanding something. In this case, the context that explains the key passage comes afterward, not before.

    (BTW, it should be an eager beaver.)

    :) :) :)

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    "For a long time, it seemed forever, I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of the rain."

    That sentence will be a mystery to anybody who hasn't read the whole story, and even though I have read the whole thing I am not sure what he means by the heresy of the rain. Nonetheless, it's rather moving.

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    Default Re: why use"beat" to describ STORM? ??

    Thanks Ron!

    I 'm more clear now towards the article after reading your explanations of my confused sentences.
    Ya, you are right, I canot just pick out some particular words without considering the whole context, which only enables me more confused and never find out the answer!

    BTW, thanks for the reminding of my mistake of undefinite article "a" .
    hehe.....


    Lucy ( an eager beaver )

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    :D :D :D :D

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