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mia0815

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Taiwanese
from Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (a novel)


As the machine banks into its approach and we angle into our steep descent spiral, looking down into the city, I have, for a minute or two, some clarified sense of scale, the proper balance of awe and possibility, a kind of airplane courage. Perspective. That's what I have, only it's not in space. It's perspective in time.


I don't understand what 'airplane courage' really means.

Please help. Thanks.
 
  • xqby

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    English (U.S.)
    This isn't idiomatic language, as far as I know. The author seems to be saying that the view he had from the airplane somehow allowed him to face one of his fears.
     

    Merrit

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    English
    'Airplane courage' is not a set phrase. It's something the author made up to describe his emotion of that moment. We just interpret it from the context.

    My interpretation of that sentence is that he
    describes what he feels -- some clarified sense of scale, the proper balance of awe and possibility,
    invents a descriptive name for it -- a kind of airplane courage.
    and gives a synonym -- Perspective.

    m
     
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