Interested in Language
Can anybody help me to understand the bold text in the sentence below?
"Sally, her body glistening in the firelight, was naked. Richard Pride was daubing streaks of scarlet and green and yellow on her skin, following the long bones of the arms and legs, striping the ribs, articulating the skeleton with fantastic joints ... "
Leonard Cline, The Dark Chamber, 1927
Having painted the outline of the long straight bones of her skeleton on her skin, Richard is now painting on the joints (knees, elbows and the like) in bright, gaudy (ie fantastic) colours. To articulate something can mean to give it joints which allow it to move.
I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....