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    What does "first into mirrors" mean?

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    David J. Pelzer's mother, Catherine Roerva, was, he writes in this ghastly,
    fascinating memoir, a devoted den mother to the Cub Scouts in her care, and
    somewhat nurturant to her children--but not to David, whom she referred to
    as "an It." This book is a brief, horrifying account of the bizarre tortures she
    inflicted on him, told from the point of view of the author as a young boy
    being starved, stabbed, smashed face-first into mirrors, forced to eat the
    contents of his sibling's diapers and a spoonful of ammonia, and burned
    over a gas stove by a maniacal, alcoholic mom. Sometimes she claimed he
    had violated some rule--no walking on the grass at school!--but mostly it
    was pure sadism. Inexplicably, his father didn't protect him; only an alert
    schoolteacher saved David.

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    Re: What does "first into mirrors" mean?

    There is no English idiom "first into mirrors". The idiom in this sentence is "face-first". In this sentence, the boy was pushed or thrust (smashed) into a mirror, with his face being the first part of his body to contact it.

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    Re: What does "first into mirrors" mean?

    Welcome to the forum, Simmons and thank you for your excellent reply.

    However, there are good reasons for the following forum guideline:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post.
    Thank you.

    Rover
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