full of the mystery of eggs and half-open buds, half unsheathed flowers(by Lawrence)

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longxianchen

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chinese
Hi,
Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(para. 142) by Lawrence(the University of Adelaide,here):

The wood was silent, still and secret in the evening drizzle of rain, full of the mystery of eggs and half-open buds, half unsheathed flowers. In the dimness of it all trees glistened naked and dark as if they had unclothed themselves, and the green things on earth seemed to hum with greenness.

I feel the "eggs" is not real eggs, but eggs of life, which indicates vitality of life. Another possibility is that eggs refers to buds and flowers.

Could you give me some explanations please?
Thank you in advance
 
  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    It's spring. There are real birds' eggs, and buds and flowers, in the woods. These things all have their symbolic value as well, of course.
     
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