embrace a flight?

ddubug

Senior Member
Korea
Hi,

<My grandmother had died when my father was only seven years old. My poor father! How he had suffered! No wonder, I now realized, he had
embraced a flight from such a horrific reality....>

It means 'to try to forget'??
 
  • cropje_jnr

    Senior Member
    English - Australia
    Without further context it is hard to be sure whether 'flight' refers to physically fleeing or the act of attempting to forget.

    'To embrace' is not so much 'to try' here as to avail of the opportunity to flee (to have no regrets, to readily 'let go'), in my opinion.
     

    Joelline

    Senior Member
    American English
    The phrase "embraced a flight from such a horrific reality" suggests that he welcomed the opportunity to flee from this reality; however, as cropje suggests, there is no way of knowing what form the "flight" took: physically fleeing? emotionally fleeing (even to the point of psychosis), flight in the form of alcohol or drugs, etc.
     
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