Would you please tell me the meanings of the following bracketed clause and phrases?
1. Some kinds were afraid to walk through strange places in the dark, but
she wasn’t. [Girls were scared a man would come out from somewhere and
put his teapot in them like they were married.]
2. The idea of the party was over entirely now. This was just a regular
[playing-out]. But it was the wildest night she had ever seen. The kids had
caused it. The were like a [catching sickness], and their coming to the
party made all the other people forget about high school and being almost
#1-- the bracketed portion means that the girls were afraid that they would be raped by a man hiding in the dark.
#2-- 'Playing-out' means the completion of an expected or prescribed routine. A 'catching sickness' is a contagious disease.