cornpatch

jacdac

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And even then he had been far enough gone to think there was something supernatural about it, that the cycle would right itself, rise out of its grave, and chew him up … either that or he would look back one afternoon at the rising sound of an engine and see his cycle, this damned cycle which wouldn’t just stall out and die decently, roaring straight down the highway at him, doing eighty, and bent over the handlebars would be that dark man, that hardcase, and riding pillion behind him, with her white silk deckpants rippling in the breeze, would be Rita Blakemoor, her face chalk white, her eyes slitted, her hair as dry and dead as a cornpatch in the wintertime.

Source: The Stand by Stephen King - Book II

Context: It is night time. Larry is sleeping on the Brattleboro Municipal Common, under the partial shelter of the bandshell. He is either dreaming or cracking up under creepy thoughts. After an accident with a pickup towing a horse trailer, he was unable to ride the motorcycle. It was like a mental block and he ditched it in a gully next to the highway and continued his journey walking. Few days earlier, his girlfriend Rita had died overnight in the same sleeping bag in the two-man tent. Moreover, since the breakout of the superflu that decimated most of the population, he has been having nightdreams about a dark man.

What does cornpatch mean? Is it a field of dead and dry corns that you see after harvest at the end of the season?

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    What does cornpatch mean? Is it a field of dead and dry corns that you see after harvest at the end of the season?
    A cornpatch is a patch of land where corn has been planted. Corn does not survive harvesting or winter, so it's dry and dead.
     
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