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    Palms of bread

    "When I opened my eyes I saw lying on the bench next to me a white paper packet. I carefully opened it: two small palms of bread
    with ham inside—a sandwich." Krzhizhanovsky, Autobiography of a Corpse

    What do you think the meaning of 'palms' is here? Maybe, is it used to emphasize the bread's quality of being small?
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    Re: Palms of bread

    I have no idea what it means. My best guess is that perhaps each slice of bread was about the size of the palm of an adult hand. Either that, or it's a poor translation from the original.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Palms of bread

    "I unclasp the disk dimly gleaming in my fist, and in a minute have exchanged it for a sandwich, an ordinary sandwich of two small white palms, with grains of red caviar stuck to the butter inside." This is another sentence from the same book. It also includes 'palms'. Maybe it gives an idea.

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    Re: Palms of bread

    It doesn't give any further ideas to me.

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    Re: Palms of bread

    Me neither.
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    #6

    Re: Palms of bread

    It creates the anology of two slices of bread holding the meat between them, as if they were hands.

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