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    Smile only bigger

    Hello.
    I can't quite understand a gapper is 'only bigger' than what in the sentence below.
    Does it mean "a gapper looks like a bright orange baseball with multiple eyes like the eyes on a potato,
    only bigger than a baseball"?
    Thank you.


    -----------------from <The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip> by George Saunders

    A gapper's like that, only bigger
    , about the size of a baseball, bright orange,
    with multiple eyes like the eyes on a potato.

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    Re: only bigger

    Not A Teacher

    The author means that the 'gapper' is similar in size to a baseball.
    It can be inferred that there is another object that the 'gapper' is compared to for another aspect of its appearance, but that object is smaller than a baseball.
    Do you have more of the original quote?

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    Re: only bigger

    I think there's no other object that the gapper is compared to in the story.
    It is the first sentence of the story. The next lines are like below:

    And gappers love goats. When a gapper gets near a goat it gives off a continual high-pitched happy shriek of pleasure that makes it impossible for the goat to sleep, and the goats get skinny and stops giving milk. And in towns that survive by selling goat milk, if there's no goat milk, there's no money, and if there's no money, there's no food or housing or clothing, and so, in gapper-infested towns, since nobody likes the idea of starving naked outdoors, it is necessary at all costs to keep the gappers off the goats.
    Such a town was Frip.

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    Re: only bigger

    I have found the text online on a sample for the Library of Congress.

    http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/samples.../00023131.html

    It starts with, " Ever had a burr in your sock?", which I think refers in this context to a small spiky seed pod produced by some types of plants.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur

    The author is describing the 'gapper' as a round spiky object about the size of a baseball.
    Last edited by Mrfatso; 14-Jul-2015 at 12:39.

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    Re: only bigger

    Now I understand. I didn't catch the sentence, "Ever had a burr in your sock?", on the previous page.
    Thanks a lot.

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