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    breaching fault-lines

    "The system could not be breached; but it could at least be momentarily transgressed, probed for those neuralgic points where its authority faltered and unravelled. Fascinated by these fault-lines , one might even come to imagine that there is no centre to society after all;...but it could only be at the cost of acknowledging that there can logically be no margins either."

    In the sentences above, we see some words that somehow relate to "physical place" but (I think) in metaphorical sense:
    points, fault-lines, centre, margin
    1.Given this relation, what does "fault-lines" mean here? 2.Do "breach" and "transgress" have also some connotations related to physical place? What do they mean here? Are they antonyms?


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    Re: breaching fault-lines

    Quote Originally Posted by nimsooze View Post
    "The system could not be breached; but it could at least be momentarily transgressed, probed for those neuralgic points where its authority faltered and unravelled. Fascinated by these fault-lines, one might even come to imagine that there is no centre to society after all;...but it could only be at the cost of acknowledging that there can logically be no margins either."

    In the sentences above, we see some words that somehow relate to "physical place" but (I think) in metaphorical sense:
    points, fault-lines, centre, margin

    1.Given this relation, what does "fault-lines" mean here? They are the fractures within society - for instance, the gulf between education and no or little education, the differences between those who are affluent and those who have very little.

    2.Do "breach" and "transgress" have also some connotations related to physical place? .What do they mean here? Are they antonyms? Without the full context, it is difficult to establish what being breached means - but essentially it generally means to break through something: "He breached the convention of good manners by chewing his food with his mouth open". Transgress here implies a temporary state of crossing the boundaries. They are not antonyms.
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