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    swallowed mouthfuls of the heavy shade

    Dear Teachers,

    I read this from Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West:

    "He entered the park at the North Gate and swallowed mouthfuls of the heavy shade that curtained its arch."

    Does "shade" refer to the shade of trees? How can it be swallowed by mouthfuls?


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    Re: swallowed mouthfuls of the heavy shade

    Probably.

    It's what could be called purple prose - but if you come from bright light into deep shade, you can feel a sensation almost as if you are swallowing something. It is probably that the shade is degrees cooler than sunlit air, so you are suddenly breathing in cold air.

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