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    Can anybody help me to understand in what sense the word fretted is used in the text below?

    “Nevertheless—and although the face in the portrait was as familiar to her as her own, and had been so even from her early childhood, it seemed that a complete lifetime's scrutiny could not exhaust its mysteries, its promises. She was terrified no longer, but consoled. Indeed it was against this very consolation that, utterly weak and weary, she knew she must strive. Yet still she gazed and hungered on, her glance roving insatiably over the arch of the bare bone above the brows, the fretted exquisite zigzag sutures, like brooks in a wilderness, traversing it north and south, and east and west.“

    W.D.L.Mare, What Dreams May Come, 1936

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    Re: Fretted

    It means having a regular pattern of lines/ridges, just like the frets on the neck of a guitar.


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