cling to the skirts of the retreating muse

Discussion in 'English Only' started by sami33, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. sami33

    sami33 Senior Member

    Morocco
    arabic
    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!"


    Source:
    The Jungle by Upton Sinclair chapter 01

    Thanks
     
  2. exgerman Senior Member

    NYC
    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?
     
  3. sami33

    sami33 Senior Member

    Morocco
    arabic
    Yes, thank you. I understand what do you mean. She's afraid to lose the muse.
     

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