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    mplied something fragile, broken

    I came across this phrase in Academy Street by Mary Costello:

    "A birthday card was passed around and he took the pen in his left hand and tilted his head and half twisted his torso and hooked his wrist at an awkward painful angle, and scratched out the words. She was rooted to the spot. In his hooked hand, his twisted body, she saw a striving, something that rendered him vulnerable. Misshapen hand, she thought, misshapen words. Misshapen man. The effort implied something fragile, broken, a wound far greater than any visible deformity."

    I do not understand the whole underlined sentence. Probably it is because I do not really know what 'mplied something fragile, broken' here means. Please could forum's guest give me some hint.

    Thanks!

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    Re: mplied something fragile, broken

    The effort required to write the words suggested that there was something within the mind of the person that was fragile or broken. This (mental) injury was far more serious than any physical deformity that you could see.

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    Re: mplied something fragile, broken

    The initial "i" in the word "implied" is missing from both your title and the last paragraph of your post.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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