in the black trench of morning

jacdac

Senior Member
Lebanese
An hour later she was in Sunrise Amphitheater—but sunrise was still three or more hours away.
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Nadine, beyond help or hope of succor, sat upright on the bench at the crest of Flagstaff Mountain in the black trench of morning, her eyes wide, that feeling of being on the border stronger than ever. She stared east, but felt his presence coming from behind her, pressing heavy on her, dragging her down like weights tied to the feet of a dead woman: Flagg’s dark presence, coming in steady, inexorable waves.
Source: The Stand by Stephen King
Context: Nadine is by herself in the early hours after mid night. It could be around 2:00 AM.

in the black trench of morning ~ the time of the morning when it is still dark, right? Is this expression used in writing only, right?

Thank you.
 
  • Keith Bradford

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    English (Midlands UK)
    A trench, as I'm sure you know, refers most often to:
    1. A military earthwork, or
    2. A deep underwater valley
    So King wants you to think of Nadine either as a soldier on an enemy border (probable, see that feeling of being on the border stronger than ever) or as someone deep in the sea (possible, see Flagg’s dark presence, coming in steady, inexorable waves).

    As so often with King, the emotional idea is more important than the literal meaning.
     
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