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    Stung gyratory

    Hello,

    I have problem with the bold text.

    "The air was thick with splashes, the whole roof now, save three rafters, snatched by the wind away. In that blue sepulchral moonlight, the tapestries flapped and trailed wildly out after the flying house like the streaming hair of some ranting fakeer stung gyratory by the gadflies and tarantulas of distraction."

    Vaila, M.P.Shiel, 1896

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    Re: Stung gyratory

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    Hello,

    I have problem with the bold text.
    You and me both....

    A fakeer is a kind of beggar monk in Hinduism or Islam. Some were known for wild body movement, a kind of dance called a whirling dervish, hence the gryatory (circular) movement.

    After the storm lifted off the room, the tapestries were flapping wildly in the wind, like the long hair of some crazed monk who'd been stung by gadflies (a type of fly known for its persistent stinging bite) or a tarantula.

    Although technically, I believe flies and tarantulas bite, not sting, but that's beside the point.
    Last edited by Skrej; 14-Sep-2015 at 22:49. Reason: typo-oh

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