paralyzed in a scream


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Hi all

A man is terrified because he's seen a kind of evil. He screamed and run. And the other girl saw that scene:

"I shoved my way toward him, twigs scraping my arms, rocks stabbing at my bare feet. I dropped to my knees beside him. His hood was still mostly drawn, but I could see that his mouth was slightly open, paralyzed in a scream."

Please tell me what does the bold one mean?

  • sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    I suspect the writer, trying to be imaginative, is drawing on a well-known picture The Scream, by Edvard Munch.

    Presumably the victim is dead and was screaming when bodily functions ceased.
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