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    Knowing no corruption


    Can anybody explain to me what the bold text means?

    This is not my simile. It was made for the occasion bythe stoutest courier, who was a German. None of the other stook any more notice of it than they took of me, sitting on another bench on the other side of the convent door, smoking my cigar, like them, and—also like them—looking at the reddened snow, and at the lonely shed hard by, where the bodies of belated travellers, dug out of it,slowly wither away, knowing no corruption in that cold region.

    Charles Dickens, To Be Read at
    Dusk, 1852

    Thanks a lot.
    Last edited by Johnyxxx; 10-Jul-2016 at 11:40.
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    Re: Knowing no corruption

    There are several spaces between words missing in your post. This can happen when you use "Cut/Copy and paste". Please click on Edit Post and put those spaces in.

    Also, please edit the title of the piece by Dickens. It's called "To Be Read At Dusk" - there is no "the".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Knowing no corruption

    The bodies did not decompose because of the coldness of the climate.

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