Hurtle oneself up

mariana79

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Turkish
Hi
In Sons and Lovers there is a part where the mother is praising the father's body and figure when he was young. Then she says: if he didn’t hurtle himself up as if he was trying to get in the smallest space he could. What does she mean? Did the father crouch or something?

I suppose,” he said to his father, “you had a good figure once.”
“Eh!” exclaimed the miner, glancing round, startled and timid, like a child.
“He had,” exclaimed Mrs. Morel, “if he didn’t hurtle himself up as if he was trying to get in the smallest space he could.”
 
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