the thunder would crash down, right at your head

Schlabberlatz

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German - Germany
Huckleberry Finn describes a heavy thunderstorm:
[…] and then there’d be a glare like the world afire, and the thunder would crash down, right at your head and seem to tear everything to rags, and it was just good to be alive and tucked up comfortable to enjoy it […] Tom Sawyer’s Conspiracy
What does he mean by "right at your head"? Did the sound come directly towards his head? Or maybe his head is close to the outside wall of the house so that "right at your head" means "close to your head"?
 
  • bennymix

    Senior Member
    and then there’d be a glare like the world afire, and the thunder would crash down, right at your head
    "Did the sound come directly towards his head?" Yes, that's it. That's how it seemed. Compare, "The fellow shot an arrow right at my head and I saw it coming; fortunately it missed me by a centimeter."

    "...thunder would crash down, [seemingly] directed right towards one's head."
     
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