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    • Join Date: Jan 2007
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    #1

    The House Of Dust, again...

    Well, here I am again, needing your help.
    I can't understand some things in this passage of 'The House Of Dust'.
    For example, what is a rib?
    And what does 'the girder swung closer to him' mean?
    Would it say that a girder which is near him swings and falls on the ground? And then, what's the meaning of 'Dropped into place'?
    Please help me, I can't make any sense off it



    And then a man stepped
    Giddily out, from that security,
    To the red rib of iron against the sky,
    And walked along it, feeling it sing and tremble;
    And looking down one instant, saw the tree
    Just as he dreamed it was; and looked away,
    And up again, feeling his blood go wild.

    He gave the signal; the long girder swung
    Closer to him, dropped clanging into place,
    Almost pushing him off.


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    #2

    Re: The House Of Dust, again...

    If you think of modern construction, with a framework of girders, then a horizontal girder can be seen as a rib within a skeleton.

    The man is a construction worker on high-rise building, and the girder is being guided into its place within the framework.


    • Join Date: Jan 2007
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    #3

    Re: The House Of Dust, again...

    Hi Anglika.Thank you very much, you have helped me other times and I'm very grateful

    Bye

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