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    a soft scuff of leather

    The elf Arya accompanied Saphira. Her long black hair billowed wildly around her angular face as she sprang off the pile of rubble. Lines of splattered blood striped her arms and neck; gore smeared the blade of her sword. She alit with a soft scuff of leather against stone.
    (C. Paolini; Inheritance)

    Does the part in bold mean that a soft scuff was that of her shoes made from leather?

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    Re: a soft scuff of leather

    It means there was the gentle sound of soft leather brushing against stone. Her shoes were of leather.

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    Re: a soft scuff of leather

    'She alit' - ye gods, who writes this stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'She alit' - ye gods, who writes this stuff?

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    "'Twas not I," quoth 5jj.

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    Re: a soft scuff of leather

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    'She alit' - ye gods, who writes this stuff?

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    Is this so 'awful' or does this just sound old?

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    #6

    Re: a soft scuff of leather

    If one is writing about gory elves, it's fine.

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    Re: a soft scuff of leather

    I agree that a bit of archaic language used as local colour is not inappropriate in this sort of context. But that particular irregular past of a word that is already archaic struck me as an excessive level of arch obcurity. And I wouldn't recommend it as reading for an English language student - who will spend more time getting misleading (current) meanings in a dictionary than enjoying the story.

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    And I wouldn't recommend it as reading for an English language student
    Pshaw!

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    Re: a soft scuff of leather

    Yea verily would I not.

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    Re: a soft scuff of leather

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    And I wouldn't recommend it as reading for an English language student - who will spend more time getting misleading (current) meanings in a dictionary than enjoying the story.
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    I, for one, can't help reading it, as I'd read the first three parts claimed to be a 'trilogy' and it turned out, quite unexpectedly, that there was the fourth part of a 'trilogy' still in the process of creation (and now that it's out I'm obliged to know the ending)
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