cling to the skirts of the retreating muse

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Hi everybody!

Please I need to understand what the writer want to say by the red expression in this context:

Marija was one of those hungry souls who
cling with desperation to the skirts of the retreating muse.
All day long she had been in a state of wonderful exaltation; and now it was leaving--and she would not let it go. Her soul cried out in the words of Faust, "Stay, thou art fair!"

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair chapter 01

  • exgerman

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    English but my first language was German
    Have you ever seen a small child hold onto its mother's skirt because it is afraid of facing the world by utself?
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