a great gap of dark coppice gaped in the paling

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Ahmed Samir Darwish

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Arabic
,In "The Perishing of the Pendragons" story of G. K. Chesterton, there was a cursed blade that cut a fence on its own without being held by anyone, while there were three persons walking in the fenced pathway and were shocked by what they saw.

The text says: "Then a kick of devilish energy sent the whole loosened square of thin wood flying into the pathway, and a great gap of dark coppice gaped in the paling."

?What's the meaning of a great gap of dark coppice gaped in the paling
 
  • lingobingo

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    English - England
    It’s an archaic style of writing. But what it means, more or less, is that when that section of the fence was cut away, there was “a great gap … in the paling” (= a large space opened up in the wooden boards of the fence), through which “gaped dark coppice” (through which could be seen an area of the surrounding woodland where some of the trees had been cut down to ground level).
     
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    entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    The coppice was visible in the gap. Coppice is woodland where the trees are harvested - cut down to near ground level, and they grow back again.
     
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