Water carriers, <just outside>, passed to and fro all day

park sang joon

Senior Member
Korean
This novel is set in a Chinese village before World War One.
The protagonist Wang Lung lives with his father.
Today is the wedding day of Wang Lung.

He walked into the cool darkness of the city gate. Water carriers, just outside, their barrows laden with great tubs of water, passed to and fro all day, the water splashing out of the tubs upon the stones.
[The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck]
I'd like to know what "just outside" means here.
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    It refers to the city gate. The water carriers passed just outside the city gate. Very close to the city gate but on the external side of it, rather than inside the city.
     

    park sang joon

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Thank you, Glasguensis, for your So very helpful answer. :)
    But I can't understand why they go back and forth within very short distance to outside the city gate.
     

    park sang joon

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Thank you, Glasguensis, for your continuing support. :)
    "A short distance," it is what I deduced from " very close to the city gate.":(
     
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