[Vocabulary] A serene surface of a lake is disturbed

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What is the right verb for this context: "A serene surface of a lake is disturbed when a girl emerges"? It seems to me that "agitated" sounds better.
 

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What is the right verb for this context: "A serene surface of a lake is disturbed when a girl emerges"? It seems to me that "agitated" sounds better.

No "agitated" does not sound better.
 

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I am not really sure what word I'd use. I haven't seen a lot of girls emerging from a lake through a serene surface.
 

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I think "disturbed" is OK. I think that I, as well as the serene surface, would be disturbed were I to witness such an eventuality. ;-)
 

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I think "disturbed" is OK. I think that I, as well as the serene surface, would be disturbed were I to witness such an eventuality. ;-)

Does it sound awkward that the girl emerged from the water?
 

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Does it sound awkward that the girl emerged from the water?
Seriously, I cannot imagine a situation (other than in a fantasy film) in which anybody would emerge through a serene surface. The surface would not be serene unless the person had gone under it some considerable time before.
 

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Seriously, I cannot imagine a situation (other than in a fantasy film) in which anybody would emerge through a serene surface. The surface would not be serene unless the person had gone under it some considerable time before.

Ah, you mean that! I'm really writing a fantastic story;-)
 
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