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justina bandol
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2018 6:56:40 AM
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One more sentence I do not understand. Please bear with me.

She eats and thinks: to visit her house on Friday and then trash it today is redundant except to prime her fear. Reel in their threats from abstraction.

Her house has been searched twice by mafiosi. She has been threatened by them.

I don't understand the second sentence.

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2018 7:33:31 AM

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Wow!

I'm afraid I don't understand it either . . .
The first sentence took me a second or two to get, but the underlined bit is obscure.

It's not a sentence (there's no subject), but it could be a shortened sentence (colloquial) with the assumed subject 'they'.

They reel in their threats from abstraction.
"Reel in" is a verb -
reel in - to pull (eg a fish out of the water) by winding the line to which it is attached on to a reel.

I suppose it may mean "They make their threat more real"
They pull their threats from abstraction to reality.

Just visiting on the Friday is a bit of an 'abstract' threat - they don't DO anything threatening except BE there.
Today, they trash the house - a much more real threat to her.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Y111
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2018 7:51:49 AM
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Maybe the 'reel' is an infinitive?
...is redundant except to prime her fear, to reel in their threats from abstraction.
justina bandol
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2018 8:37:47 AM
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It is certainly „they” who reel in their threats.

As for the meaning I suppose your guess is right, DragOn. Now I get it and it does make sense in the larger context.

Thank you both!
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2018 8:55:53 AM

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Y111 wrote:
Maybe the 'reel' is an infinitive?
...is redundant except to prime her fear, to reel in their threats from abstraction.

That would work - without the full stop.
Good thought.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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