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ccarmo

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Hi, could you please explain the meaning of the following sentence:


She slowly dug her thumbnail along a plank of the seat, provoking a splinter but caking up mold and disintegration instead.



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Anglika

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What I think it is saying is that she wants to get [provoke] a splinter of wood from the seat, but that all she gets is a cake of mould under her nail.
 
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