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    Hi,

    could you please tell me what the following sentece means:

    We came on the wind of the carnival.

    Thanks a lot!

    Hanka

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    Re: meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanka View Post
    Hi,

    could you please tell me what the following sentece means:

    We came on the wind of the carnival.

    Thanks a lot!

    Hanka
    Are you reading Chocolat? If you are... Viane and Anouk arrive at the village in February: carnival time, just before Lent, when the first warm spring wind starts to blow. They come with that wind, together with it, at the same time it does, as though they flew in "on" it.
    Last edited by abaka; 22-Jan-2009 at 00:37.

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    Re: meaning

    Good catch.

    There's irony in the word 'carnival' (which means 'farewell to flesh'). The chocolate shop brings fleshly pleasure to the villagers just when they're supposed to be starting their Lenten fasting and abstinence.

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    Re: meaning

    Carnival is a festive mood with large group of people gathering together to celebrate.

    'He came on the wind of the carnival' could mean that he traversed through the route in which the total atmosphere was frenzied with the mood of celebrations.

    I am not a teacher.

    Probably, it could have some figurative meanings as well.

    Correct me, If i am wrong anywhere.

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    Re: meaning

    'Carnival' = farewell to flesh
    'Carnival is a festive mood with large group of people gathering together to celebrate.'

    These two are not mutually exclusive. The festive gathering was an occasion when people could consume everything they couldn't consume between Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) and Easter.

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    Re: meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    Are you reading Chocolat? If you are... Viane and Anouk arrive at the village in February: carnival time, just before Lent, when the first warm spring wind starts to blow. They come with that wind, together with it, at the same time it does, as though they flew in "on" it.
    flew in "on" it -- in signifies that they reached their destination, right?


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    Re: meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    flew in "on" it -- in signifies that they reached their destination, right?


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    No. I meant to be as literal as possible. Imagine them flying in, carried by the wind as though a bird--or a chocolate wrap.

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    Re: meaning

    Abaka, did you write any book thus far? I'd love to read if you did.. :)

    I got what you are saying but how is the sentence you wrote initially 'They come with that wind, together with it, at the same time it does, as though they flew in "on" it.' can deducted to the meaning you portrayed in the previous post.. :o I am sorry but I had/ have to ask this.. ( is it had or have?)

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    Re: meaning

    I guess I'm more poetic than clear. Oh well.

    I meant everything very literally. Sitting on the chair. Carried on the wind.

    PS. I had to ask. Or I have to ask. The tense gives the meaning you want to stress.
    Last edited by abaka; 22-Jan-2009 at 18:50. Reason: added the two examples

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