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    behind one's hands

    The silvery girl was drawing backwards away from
    them, her hands over her mouth, and her eyes huge in
    that pale face surrounded by strange, dark, wet-looking
    hair. She was muttering something behind her hands,
    and Rose had to lean forward to catch what she was
    saying.

    Does "behind her hands" mean here that she tied her hands at the back?

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    Re: behind one's hands

    No, her hands were in front of her mouth, so her mouth was behind her hands. She was saying something, but her hands made if hard to hear what those words were.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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