arrive at beforehand


Español, Venezuela
Hi, this is a quote from Ernest Hemingway talking about his book, The Old Man and the Sea:

No good book has ever been written that has in it symbols arrived at beforehand and stuck in .... I tried to make a real old man, a real boy, a real sea and a real fish and real sharks. But if I made them good and true enough they would mean many things

What I don't get is the meaning of arrived at, what does it mean?

  • Hildy1

    Senior Member
    English - US and Canada
    In this case, "arrived at beforehand" means chosen in advance by the writer, before the book is written.
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