Could you please tell me the meanings of the bracketed parts of the following sentences?
1. The sacks were piled on the floor. There were about forty of them, [each
one depending in size on the need of the receive.]
2. The people dreamed and fought and slept as much as ever. [And by habit
they shortened their thoughts so that they would not wander out into the
darkness beyond tomorrow.]
Thanks a lot!
The first is very strange- it looks wrong to me. I imagine the idea is that the sacks were different sizes because the recipients had different needs.
In the second, are the people is a war or something? It suggests that their future has become very short- they only think about the next day and getting through it.