foaming trees

kahroba

Senior Member
Persian
Dear
What's your definiton for "foam" in the following context from "Three Soldiers" by Dos Passos:
The train had pulled out of the station and was going through suburbs where the trees were in leaf in the gardens, and fruit trees foamed above the red brick walls, among the box-like villas.
Does it mean that the fruit trees were so deeply bloomed that it looked like foam above the walls?
 
  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Hi K:)

    I'd see it as a reference to masses of white or pale-pink blossoms, looking like foam on waves.
     

    Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    Like you, I go for blooms. The tops of fruit trees that have nothing but white or very pale blossoms might be said to look like foam.
     

    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Don't you think if the trees are leafy they will not be "foamed" ?
    Depends on what kind of trees they are -- he just says "in leaf." Maybe it's green foam, or, yes, perhaps they're in blossom. :) I think, as Loob suggests, you can imagine whatever you like.
     

    Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    The trees in the garden are in leaf. The fruit trees bloom. There are fruit trees that bloom before they have put out leaves, or at least before the leaves are generally visible.
     
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