rapidly enacted tragedy

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chong lee

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türkçe
Hi,
The quote is from the story "Morlvera" by H. H. Munro.

Victor's mother made his son to take a present for Victor's cousin. Victor does not like his cousin. He threw the present (a doll).

What is the meaning of "enact" there? I could not find a proper one.

Thank you.


Very stealthily, very gently, very mercilessly Victor sent Morlvera flying over his shoulder, so that she fell into the road just behind the retrogressing wheel. With a soft, pleasant-sounding scrunch the car went over the prostrate form, then it moved forward again with another scrunch. The carriage moved off and left Bert and Emmeline gazing in scared delight at a sorry mess of petrol-smeared velvet, sawdust, and leopard skin, which was all that remained of the hateful Morlvera. They gave a shrill cheer, and then raced away shuddering from the scene of so much rapidly enacted tragedy.
 
  • chong lee

    Senior Member
    türkçe
    So what two children saw , did not look like a real thing ? I assume a stage-play is a imitation of a real life.
     

    Edinburgher

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    German/English bilingual
    Yes, that's more or less it. A stage-play is what you see in a theatre. Or you can think of it as a movie. This is not always an imitation of real life, but sometimes portrays highly unlikely scenarios.
    Here in the story, of course it was a real thing, but they could hardly believe their eyes. There was a kind of relentlessness or unstoppability about it, as if it had been happening as part of an act in a play (or even a dream).
     
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