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    #1

    the spirit of an old, withered tree

    “I really don’t know that much about her,” the old man replied, knitting his brow like the spirit of an old, withered tree.
    (H. Murakami; 1Q84)

    What kind of spirit do you see when you're reading it?

    Thanks.

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    Re: the spirit of an old, withered tree

    Who knows?

    What's the next sentence?

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    Re: the spirit of an old, withered tree

    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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    #4

    Re: the spirit of an old, withered tree

    The next sentences, as well as the previous ones, seem to be completely unrelated to this simile.

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    #5

    Re: the spirit of an old, withered tree

    It's a metaphor describing the wrinkly pattern of his forehead when he knits his brow; it is warped and gnarled like a withered tree.
    Take a look at the Ents and you know what I mean

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