Hello, first the context. The scene depicts a father and a daughter who died frozen in a river, after the father had unsuccesfully tried to rescue his daughter. "The hands were not touching. Even through the plate of frozen water covering them, we saw clearly that little more than the width of an ax blade separated my father’s two hands from my sister’s one." Alexi Zentner, Touch The reference to an ax is there because the novel is set in a community of wood-cutters. Now, my question is, how do you understand "width" in this context? Which dimension is it? Do you think it's: 1. synonymous with thickness (i. e. the shortest dimension of an ax blade) 2. the dimension between the cutting edge and the blunt edge of an ax blade 3. The dimension which is at right angles to both (1) and (2), i. e. the dimension between the two remaining blunt edges of an ax? Hope I expressed myself clearly enough. Best regards and thanks in advance.