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  1. Newbie
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    Not a soul stirring.

    Hello, teachers! Please help me with the following underlined sentence "Not a soul stirring," excerpted from Scene 7 of "Betrayal" by Harold Pinter.

    ROBERT: I went for a trip to Torcello.
    JERRY: Oh, really? Lovely place.
    ROBERT: Incredible day. I got up very early and―whoomp―right across the lagoon―to Torcello. Not a soul stirring.
    JERRY: What’s the ‘whoomp’?
    ROBERT: Speedboat.

    I can't understand the meaning of "Not a soul stirring." But I'm just guessing that it means "The crossing was not a soul-stirring one."
    Is it right?

    Thank you for your help in advance.

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    Re: Not a soul stirring.

    It means that there was nobody else around.

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