a flint of happiness

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Hudson

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Hi, I am a learner of English, and am reading a novel called "The Foreigner" by Francie Lin.

I have a question about the use of "flint" here.

The sentence in question says, "I felt a flint of happiness strike in my heart".

I realize the meaning of "flint" as in flint stone, but what is the connotation here?

Thank you for your help in advance!
 
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    I would guess a small, sharp piece of happiness... just as you strike a flint stone to dislodge small, thin flakes of flint to create an arrowhead.
     

    sdgraham

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    Besides its use for arrowheads by some indigenous peoples of long ago, striking flint against iron causes copious sparks that can be used to start fires - or to fire a powder charge in the case of flintlock weapons of the 18th-19th centuries.
     

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    Besides its use for arrowheads by some indigenous peoples of long ago, striking flint against iron causes copious sparks that can be used to start fires - or to fire a powder charge in the case of flintlock weapons of the 18th-19th centuries.
    I definitely think you're right, especially with the verb "strike" in the original.

    Heart of Stone + Flint = Happiness of Warm-Hearted Person. :)
     
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