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    faint eddy

    Hello Teachers,

    I encountered a sentence what I could not understand clearly in 'Of the farm' by John Updike:

    'There she patted herself and panted in rapid faint eddies, like a resting dog.'

    to pant means to breathe with noisy deep gasp. In that case, what is meaning of rapid faint eddies here.
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    Re: faint eddy

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    The meaning of "eddy" here is vague to me as well. An eddy is a counter current in a stream created when the water runs up against an obstacle. This typically causes the water to swirl, like a small whirlpool. Perhaps the author is referring to the "circular" nature of the breathing. At any rate, you could substitute "breaths" for "eddies" and not lose any of the meaning.
    Last edited by SlickVic9000; 02-Aug-2013 at 08:42.

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