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    The level of a timber


    Can anybody explain to me what the phrase "the level of a timber" means? The bridge was built of basalt so I cannot see what a piece of timber would be doing there ...

    The river at once swept me deep-drowned toward the sea. Even here, a momentary shrill din like the splitting asunder of a world reached my ears. It had hardly passed, when my body collided in its course upon one of the basalt piers, thick-cushioned by sea-weed, of the not all-demolished bridge. Nor had I utterly lost consciousness. A clutch freed my head from the surge, and I finally drew and heaved myself to the level of a timber. Hence to the ledge of rock by which I had come, the bridge was intact. I rowed myself feebly on the belly beneath the poundings of the wind. The rain was a steep rushing, like a shimmering of silk, through the air.

    M.P.Shiel, Vaila, 1896

    Thank you very much

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    Re: The level of a timber

    Only the piers of the bridge are basalt.The main structure is timber.
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