back-up posture

narajan

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persian
Hello!
What is the meaning of "back-up posture" in the following sentences in Saul Bellow's Henderson the Rain King? He had a back-up posture which emphasized the great strength of his legs.
 
  • perpend

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    Can you provide more sentences, narajan? It seems to me that he just stood very erect in his posture.
     

    narajan

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    persian
    The narrator is describing an African who is very tall, stout and muscular, built like a champion.He says: << --- >> And first of all I recognized that his heaviness of expression was misleading and that he was basically a good-humored fellow. Only he was very dignified. Two large curves starting above his nostrils came down beside his mouth and gave him the look I had misinterpreted. He had a back-up posture which emphasized the great strength of his legs and knees.

    << Moderator's note: Sentence removed to bring quotation within 4 sentence limit. >>
     
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    perpend

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    There is something like a posture being elongated due to one's stance.

    Any-posture, I think that's the essence.

    It's about standing upright, as tall as one can (which emphasizes the legs :)).

    Ciao
     
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