knotting about <the fullness> at his waist his girdle of blue cotton cloth

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park sang joon

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Korean
He hurried out into the middle room, drawing on his blue outer trousers as he went, and knotting about the fullness at his waist his girdle of blue cotton cloth.
<The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck>
I'd like to know if "the fullness" means the fat around his waist.
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    It sounds to me as though the trousers don't have a waistband. I think the "fullness" is the fullness of the material, which he draws together and keeps in place with a cloth girdle. Of course, I can't be sure. Is this some kind of peasant dress?
     

    exgerman

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    NYC
    English but my first language was German
    What does he knot? his girdle.
    Where does he knot it? about/around the fullness at his waist.

    I don't see how fullness can refer to the amount of material of the girdle.
     

    velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    No, the fullness of the trouser-material at his waist. The broad girdle or cummerband was wound round his waist on top of the trousers, to keep them in place. I have in mind Ottoman Turkish-type "baggy pants", but it's just a guess.
     

    exgerman

    Senior Member
    NYC
    English but my first language was German
    No, the fullness of the trouser-material at his waist. The broad girdle or cummerband was wound round his waist on top of the trousers, to keep them in place. I have in mind Ottoman Turkish-type "baggy pants", but it's just a guess.
    Oh that's reasonable, and even explains the odd phrasing.
     
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