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  1. Newbie
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    Help me with the meaning and grammar!

    And even without that unwelcome and vivid fear in my mind, I can't find any way around the horror of being left alone down there in the dark, picked apart by processes about which I'm a little bit squeamish even when they're just fertilizing my daylilies. Intellectually, I know it won't matter to me in the slightest. But my most primal fear is that somehow my consciousness will be carelessly left behind among my remains.
    But, of course, I am already being killed, by one of nature's most common blunders. And these blunt fears are easily deconstructed as a form of denial: if I'm stuck alive in my coffin, well, that will in some sense override the final fact of my death, no? I can see these dread-filled fantasies as the wishes they are: that I really can stay in this body I love; that my consciousness really will run on past my death; that I won't just... die.

    This is a part of "A matter of life and death" by Ms. Marjorie Williams.
    1. What's the exact meaning of "I can't find any way around the horror ..."(1st paragraph)
    2. What's the concrete meaning of "picked apart by processes about which I'm a little bit squeamish"
    3. Is the sentence "I can see these dread-filled fantasies as the wishes they are" grammatical?
    If it is "regard A as B/see A as B" pattern, then why is it followed by "they are"? (2nd paragraph)
    4. What is "blunt fear"? What's the meaning of "blunt" here?

    I can vaguely understand the paragraphs, but as I am not a native speaker, I am in dire need of a native speak's help.
    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Help me with the meaning and grammar!

    Hello, wsbaik.

    May I suggest that you ask one question in each thread?
    It will make it easier for the members to answer your question.
    It will also prevent the thread from getting confusing.

    Thank you.

  3. Newbie
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    Re: Help me with the meaning and grammar!

    Thank you for your kind advice.
    Since I am a new here, I didn't know that rule. I'll comply with your suggestion from next time onwards.
    This time, I am in urgent need of help, so please excuse me for leaving it as it is.
    Those who have any idea on any one of the above questions can give me a one point advice on each of the question.
    Thank you.
    Last edited by wsbaik; 10-Dec-2013 at 15:36.

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