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    Hi, I cannot understand the meaning of the red part of the following sentences from "This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix, Arizona" by Sherman Alexie. Please help. Thanks a lot.

    “Hey, Thomas,” Victor said. “You got to drive for a while.” “Okay.” Thomas Builds-the-Fire slid behind the wheel and started off down the road. All through Nevada, Thomas and Victor had been amazed at the lack of animal life, at the absence of water, of movement. “Where is everything?” Victor had asked more than once.

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    Re: of movement

    It's an ellipsis - a bit left out that you should be able to fill in from the context, or from what precedes it.
    "... the lack of animal life, at the absence of water, at the lack/absence of movement."

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    Re: of movement

    Sorry, is there a name for this kind of structure? Such as connected phrases or something? :)

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    Re: of movement

    I've told you what it's called.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellipsis_(linguistics)

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