...left me torn bare

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flowersophy

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Chinese-China
Hi,

“Homelessness had taken every material thing from me and left me torn bare, an empty page at the end of a partly written book.”
(Quoted from an English test paper in China)

The sentence above is from a story about an old couple who decided to make a walking journey after becoming homeless due to their wrong investment and eventually they learned to live with hope. During the journey, the wife became a nature writer. The sentence above is written by her in her book.

What does “torn bare” refer to?

Thanks in advance!
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It’s a weird usage. It implies “stripped bare [of possessions]”, that is, “having had everything taken away from me”.
     
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