pressing darkness


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Fran turned her face to the window, where Larry had stood and looked out at the gathered people two days before. She saw not pressing darkness but a quiet light. It was not a reflection of the room; it was morning light. She was looking at the faint, slightly distorted reflection of a bright nursery with ruffled check curtains.
Source: The Stand by Stephen King
Context: It is three in the morning.

What does pressing darkness mean? It is dark. It is the first week of September in Boulder.

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