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    Cool touch the wick to steel

    In the process of lighting up a candle I read the following:

    He touched the wick to steel. The paper-wrapped tube flickered aflame.

    My problem is at to steel. What does steel mean here? Maybe steel is for straighten up? or simply for igniting or lighting?

    Thank You
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    Re: touch the wick to steel

    He made the wick touch the blade? I am not a native speaker.

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    Cool Re: touch the wick to steel

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    He made the wick touch the blade? I am not a native speaker.
    Not at all. Please, read again my first post. I had included an extension of the text. Thanks

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    Re: touch the wick to steel

    Hi

    I hope that image explains it all
    but it would make more sense torch to steel then touch to steel



    Cheers,

    is that the passage you are reading ?
    Cat-eyed Vox saw more. Whipping his left leg forward, swinging his axe far behind, he slung the long weapon at a light-colored figure silhouetted by a dark trunk. Vox's companions heard the whap! of steel on flesh, and a gargling cry. Vox was already running. Tamlin and Escevar raced after.

    Vox hunched over a stricken man whose breath gurgled with blood. The giant fighter snapped his fingers. Escevar pulled a magic candle from a pocket and touched the wick to steel. The paper-wrapped tube flickered aflame, and Vox snagged Escevar's wrist to bring the light close.
    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    He made the wick touch the blade? I am not a native speaker.
    so that's the answer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    Hi

    I hope that image explains it all
    but it would make more sense torch to steel then touch to steel



    Cheers,
    Thank You. I appreciate your concern but can you explain a little more your post. I'm afraid I don't quite catch your torch proposal.

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    Re: touch the wick to steel

    hi,
    The context is really important. It was just a guess on my part.
    Please check my previous post - I have updated it .

    cheers

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    Re: touch the wick to steel

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    hi,
    The context is really important. It was just a guess on my part.
    Please check my previous post - I have updated it .

    cheers
    Yes it is. Quite smart. But, as you can read, context, aside this particular candle which seems to be magic, doesn't seem to enlighten the meaning of steel here. Maybe it is simply referring to the action of lighting up the candle.

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    Re: touch the wick to steel

    Hi

    Cat-eyed Vox saw more. Whipping his left leg forward, swinging his axe far behind, he slung the long weapon at a light-colored figure silhouetted by a dark trunk. Vox's companions heard the whap! of steel on flesh, and a gargling cry. Vox was already running. Tamlin and Escevar raced after.

    Vox hunched over a stricken man whose breath gurgled with blood. The giant fighter snapped his fingers. Escevar pulled a magic candle from a pocket and touched the wick to steel. The paper-wrapped tube flickered aflame, and Vox snagged Escevar's wrist to bring the light close.
    I still think that mmasny gave the answer already.
    Note that the first paragraph steel clearly refers to some sort of weapon.
    so my guess would be : he touched, gently strike the wick against axe blade.


    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    Hi



    I still think that mmasny gave the answer already.
    Note that the first paragraph steel clearly refers to some sort of weapon.
    so my guess would be : he touched, gently strike the wick against axe blade.


    Cheers
    If that, you'll agree it doesn't seem a way too English to express this action, won't you? Extremely cryptic. Besides, this "to steel" is a verb? How does "to " work here if steel is a noun?

    And moreover, the steel is managed by Vox, but take into account that who manages the candle is Escevar, who doesn't wear any steel sword or the like at that moment of the paragraphes you bring, and Escevar is the one who lights up the candle. I'm afraid there are too many doubts.

    Thank You anyway

    Cheers
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    More suggestions?

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