drawing it <in> a bucket from the well

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park sang joon

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Korean
This novel is set in a Chinese village before World War One.
The protagonist lives with his father.
Today is the wedding day of Wang Lung.

It was the last morning he would have to prepare food for the old man. He put a very little water into the cauldron, drawing it in a bucket form the well near the door, and it boiled quickly and he stirred meal together and took it to the old man.
[The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck]
I'd like to know why it is "it in a bucket," not "a bucket with it."
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
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  • heypresto

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    English - England
    He gets the water from the well near the door. He gets (draws) the from the well in a bucket.

    In short, he collects the water in a bucket.

    I don't see how "a bucket with it" would fit in the sentence.
     

    park sang joon

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    Korean
    Thank you, heypresto, for your So very kind answer. :)
    I thought "draw" means "pull," and that we can't pull water.

    And, I was So wondering how "draw" means "get."
     

    heypresto

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    English - England
    When we get water from a well, or sometimes a tap, we 'draw' it.

    I've just found this definition of 'draw' in our WR Dictionary: to bring, take, or pull out, such as from a source: to draw water from a well.
     
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