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    #1

    behaved here as elsewhere?

    Dear Teachers,
    From Mirror, Mirror:
    1.
    "Once he saw a donkey pestered with horseflies, and knew that if donkeys and horseflies behaved here as elsewhere, rain was coming."
    What does "behaved here as elsewhere" mean?
    2.
    "The northern Aegean seemed warm to him. Across its peacock-feather waters and beyond Crete, the sands of the Saharas were said to stretch."
    What does it mean by "peacock-feather" waters?
    3.
    "When it seemed the brothers had caught enough to merit their efforts, they began to try to turn the vessel about."
    What does it mean by " had caught enough to merit their efforts"?


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    #2

    Re: behaved here as elsewhere?

    Here are my guesses:

    “If donkeys and horseflies behaved here as elsewhere” = if the coming rain had the same effect on their behaviour everywhere (regardless of geographic location)

    “Peacock-feather waters” is probably a poetic way of referring to the colour of the sea.

    "Had caught enough to merit their efforts" = When their success was in accordance with their efforts. When their efforts have paid off.

    Doris :)

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    #3

    Re: behaved here as elsewhere?

    Thanks! I think I got the ideas.

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