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    rattling within his arms

    Could anybody explain what the author is trying to say?
    "As its portals swung outwardly back, some white-apparelled object fell rattling within his arms." (http://poestories.com/read/premature)

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    Re: rattling within his arms

    I would assume he means that "the object fell rattling into his arms". It's a skeleton - rattling is one thing they do, and falling into peoples' arms also happens in horror stories sometimes.

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    Re: rattling within his arms

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I would assume he means that "the object fell rattling into his arms". It's a skeleton - rattling is one thing they do, and falling into peoples' arms also happens in horror stories sometimes.
    Does "rattling" means uttering some kind voice?

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    Re: rattling within his arms

    No. Skeletons don't talk. A pile of bones will rattle though if it falls over.
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/rattle

    Bear in mind that I find Poe obscure. If it had said 'prattling', that might be a form of speech.

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    Re: rattling within his arms

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    No. Skeletons don't talk. A pile of bones will rattle though if it falls over.
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/rattle
    Hence, a pile of bones will utter a rattling sound if it falls over. Is it about sound or not?

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    Re: rattling within his arms

    It's about sound. But non-living objects don't utter sounds. They might make/emit/produce sounds.
    Get some dry bones, put them in a bag, and shake the bag. What you hear is called a rattle.
    Cars that get old rattle. Rattlesnakes rattle. But they don't utter a rattle.
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/utter

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