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    Translation problems

    Hi. At the moment I am translating one of Edgar Allan Poe's stories and there is a sentence I do not really understand. I need someone to interpret it. The sentence is as follows: "To the substances of terror he was sufficiently alive, but of its shadows he had no apprehension." I especially do not catch the meaning of "shadows." Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Translation problems

    Hi, and welcome to the Forum, Mher ,


    See http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...british/shadow (scroll down to the last expression, "the shadow of something"). Another posible interpretation of "shadows" here, IMO (given that POe is not a contemporary writer), would be "details, minute aspects".
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Translation problems

    Welcome to the forums, Mher.

    Poe is contrasting realities (substances) with illusions (shadows).

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