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    #1

    gathering in

    A girl wants to give her baby up for adoption.

    "She pictured him in other arms, new voices and scents washing over him, colliding inside him. She imagined his confusion, his striving to discern each voice, to retrieve hers in the chaos, until finally, gathering in his cries, he grew mute and surrendered."

    The underlined words, to me, means people gather around him as he cries. If it is correct, I thought the author should write:
    "She imagined his confusion, his striving to discern each voice, to retrieve hers in the chaos, gathering in his cries, until finally, gathering in his cries, he grew mute and surrendered."

    Please tell me what you think. Thanks for your time.

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    Re: gathering in

    The baby becomes mute - that is, silent - immediately after he gathers in his cries. The author evokes the image of the child physically collecting his screams until he contains them and gives up.
    I am not a teacher.

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