winter's snow and ancient women

Azure

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Chinese
Dear All,

This is again from Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire:

"Traces of winter's snow lingered in long striations, like the thin fingers of ancient women who refuse to clasp their hands in prayer and decently die."

I can hardly imagine what "an ancient woman who refuse to clasp their hands in prayer and decently die" is like. Neither can I associate this to the pattern of snow. Can anybody give me some clue?
 
  • JamesM

    Senior Member
    Sometimes when snow melts it leaves long "fingers" of snow/ice that remain long after the rest of the snow has melted.

    I think the author is comparing the outstretched fingers of the snow like the fingers of a dying woman who does not resign herself to death by putting her hands together at rest, but continues to stretch out even as she dies.

    This is the closest image I could find to the idea I have in mind when I read this passage:

    http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/397169/2/istockphoto_397169_ice_fingers.jpg
     
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