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vkhu
Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:38:26 AM
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The muffled figure in front ran in great striding leaps along the beach, and Moreau followed her. She turned her head and saw him, then doubling abruptly made for the bushes. She gained upon him at every stride.

-The Island of Doctor Moreau


Does the word doubling here mean she sped up, or does it mean she turned around?
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Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017 12:42:21 PM

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It seems to mean that she turned, though probably not all the way around.

She had been running along the beach, but after she saw him following her she turned and ran toward the bushes.

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Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017 1:56:02 PM
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I'm glad you answered, NK, because I couldn't come to a conclusion.

Did she 'double over' and duck into the bushes; did she double back? Did she suddenly turn into 2 peopleThink

However, then I read that she gained "upon" him. That must mean SHE now is running "towards" him, surely? So she doubled *back* when she saw him?

As anyone who has ever run in sand knows, running on the compacted earth and fibre of the bush allows one to run much faster than someone floundering through sand. So she's rapidly approaching

(Not knowing enough about the scene, I can't 'picture' if this scenario is even feasible, of course).
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Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017 12:02:42 PM

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I don't think she doubled back and ran toward him. I think she was "gaining upon him" in the sense that she was getting farther ahead of him.


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Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017 1:10:19 PM
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Oh, I see.

Well I'm a bit confused either way.

Sometimes reading an older type of English can throw up questions; but I usually find that reading on further makes things clearer. If that's of any help to you, VKHU.
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Posted: Monday, October 23, 2017 5:51:24 PM

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Romany wrote:

Oh, I see.

Well I'm a bit confused either way.

Sometimes reading an older type of English can throw up questions; but I usually find that reading on further makes things clearer. If that's of any help to you, VKHU.


I wonder if it could be somehow related to the act of moving in "double time"?


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Romany
Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 1:38:54 PM
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I think that's the difficulty here!

There is *no* meaning - at least in this context - to 'doubling'.

It's used, as you pointed out, in a compound such as 'double time': - or double bluff, or double blind, or double up.....but I think that - unless it's in a mathematical/scientific sense - the verb "to double" (i.e. verb standing alone) is one we lost somewhere along the way?

(Or it could have been a printer's error which wasn't picked up in the First Edition and so has been faithfully reproduced ever since?)
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Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 6:44:09 PM

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I have just found a larger portion of the text online in google books, unfortunately I cannot get it to copy and paste.

But in it Dr Moreau has a revolver as he chases the escaped creature, from the context I think that doubling here means "doubling over" in an attempt to make themselves a smaller target as Dr Moreau fires upon them.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 5:25:53 AM
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Ah well, - as I said, I'd just read on and see how it panned out, rather than let myself spend much time concentrating on an errant word!
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