As slowly as a man in a dream

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They were going through the scrub when Penny pulled a plant out of the way. Suddenly, a rattlesnake jumped out and bit him.
Penny shouted, "Get back! Hold the dogs!"
As slowly as a man in a dream, Penny stepped back. He lifted his gun to his shoulder and shot the rattlesnake.
From a simplified of The Yearling.
  • Cagey

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    English - US
    We assume that people move slowly in dreams.

    People often have dreams in which they want to run or escape but they can only move slowly. In this case, Penny is in a very dangerous situation and wants to move quickly, but to him or the people watching it seems that he is moving slowly.
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