gather in


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could anyone tell me what the author meant with "gather in" here? Is there a synonym for it?


"It is safe to say there was no one present who bore quite the attitude which Mrs. Sommers did to her surroundings. She gathered in the whole--stage and players and people in one wide impression, and absorbed it and enjoyed it. She laughed at the comedy and wept--she and the gaudy woman next to her wept over the tragedy. And they talked a little together over it. And the gaudy woman wiped her eyes and sniffled on a tiny square of filmy, perfumed lace and passed little Mrs. Sommers her box of candy." (Kate Chopin, A pair of silk stockings)
  • carolmoraiss

    Senior Member
    Thanks, I had assumed it was something like "absorbed", but I haven't found this in the dictionary... please, let me know if ever you find it in one!
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