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Physical or temporal distance? Options
Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 11:10:48 AM
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I slept none that night; the farther I was from the occasion of my fright, the greater my apprehensions were, which is something contrary to the nature of such things, and especially to the usual practice of all creatures in fear; but I was so embarrassed with my own frightful ideas of the thing, that I formed nothing but dismal imaginations to myself, even though I was now a great way off.

-Robinson Crusoe

Here Robinson just found a human footprint and become terrified. He ran back to his castle, and later still feel scared. What I don't get here are the references to distance. Is he talking about the physical distance, as in the place where he found the print and where he's now are very far apart, or that the it's been a while since the time he found the print?
Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2017 8:45:13 PM

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Hello vkhu.

I don't know.

I guess, as he says "farther from the occasion" that he means time in that phrase.
'Occasion' means the time when something happened.

The phrase 'a great way off' sounds more like distance in space.

So it seems like both!

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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