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    Smile gathering darkness

    Hello,

    In the text below, what does "gathering darkness" mean?


    The sun has passed from the lake, and as we sit in the gathering darkness voices fall silent and the evening chill descends on us. My grandson has clambered back up into my chair and lies sleeping against my chest; I have wrapped my arms about him against the cold, and we rest in a bonded warmth in the darkening night air.

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    May I say "involvig darkness" or "approaching darkness" instead of "
    gathering darkness"?

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    Re: gathering darkness

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    Hello,

    In the text below, what does "gathering darkness" mean?


    The sun has passed from the lake, and as we sit in the gathering darkness voices fall silent and the evening chill descends on us. My grandson has clambered back up into my chair and lies sleeping against my chest; I have wrapped my arms about him against the cold, and we rest in a bonded warmth in the darkening night air.

    From Corpus.

    May I say "involvig darkness" or "approaching darkness" instead of "gathering darkness"?
    Approaching could be used, however it could still be a few hours away.

    The "gathering darkness" and the other things mentioned, the child has climbed on his grandfather's chair and is already asleep, the fact that is is getting cold etc. implies that it is already late in the day, and somewhat dark. Gathering is the best choice, involving does not work.

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    Re: gathering darkness

    'gathering' is far the better word. Instead of prosaically saying, 'it got darker and darker', 'gathering' has the sense of the darkness becoming thicker, impenetrable, and as if closer, enveloping, surrounding, closing in on them.

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