A long dark red line amidst a pattern of slightly shallower red stripes

flowersophy

Senior Member
Chinese-China
Hi,

Does "A long dark red line amidst a pattern of slightly shallower red stripes" refer to the scars the snaggy branch causes or something else? Here is its context:
A long dark red line amidst a pattern of slightly shallower red stripes – nicely matching the snaggy branch stub– leaps almost straight from mid stomach up towards the right titty, stopping threateningly close to the nipple.
((Quoted from a novel Anthills, Elephants and Other Fascinations by Rina Flanagan. The scene above is about how a 12-year-old girl adventures in a jungle to find out the secret of the black hole under an anihill. But she is scared so much that she climbs an old dead tree near the anthill. Unluckily she almost falls down from the tree...)

Thanks very much!
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    Flanagan is writing about the appearance of fresh scratches or wounds, flowersophy. We use "scar" for old wounds that have healed and left a mark. You're right that the branch stub made the scratches when the girl fell from the tree.
     
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