a breeze scaling it

< Previous | Next >

jacdac

Senior Member
Lebanese
THIS HAD BEEN a wet El Niño winter, the second in the past half decade, with normal rain in the intervening years, a climate anomaly that had ended the state’s drought. Now the morning light at the windows dimmed as though dusk must be descending. Once glass-smooth, the lake below lay stippled with white, a breeze scaling it as if it were a great serpent slumbering in the shadow of the pending storm.
Source: The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

scaling refers to the cloud over the lake and is suggestive to the skin of the serpent, right?

Thank you.
 
  • jacdac

    Senior Member
    Lebanese
    Thank you. I thought the white in ‘stippled with white’ alludes to white clouds.
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    No, the white is the tops of the little waves on the lake. The "scales" are formed from the little waves caused by the wind (which is a result of the approaching storm).

    Whitecap - WordReference.com Dictionary of English

    And just to be clear, this is a very unusual use of the word scaling. It's very literary. Scaling usually means climbing.
     
    < Previous | Next >
    Top