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flylikeeagle
Posted: Monday, December 24, 2018 1:29:19 AM

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In H. G. Wells' short story "The Cone", I read:

"The distant sound of a roaring and rushing drew nearer and grew in volume; the house quivered; one heard the metallic rattle of the tender. As the train passed, there was a glare of light above the cutting and a driving tumult of smoke"

I simply didn't get the last part. What is meant by: cutting, driving, tumult?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, December 24, 2018 4:39:15 AM

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The one word which will probably make it much more clear is "cutting" - this is a noun (not the gerund of the verb 'cut').

It means a man-made valley cut into high land, through which a road or railway travels.



As the train passed, there was a glare of light above the cutting.
Also there was a driving tumult of smoke above the cutting.

When a steam engine came past at night, the cutting would fill with smoke, and this would be lit up by the train's lights - and would glow.

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