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Lex's mother had died.
Lex: That watch... ...my mom gave it to me
when she knew it was getting close.
Her final hour has struck?
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Her death was getting close, approaching.
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Madhulkmade into the face. (Meaning?)
The face of the watch.
Madhulkcouldn't make it (She was dead?)
No. She couldn't get to the coronation because she couldn't travel or for some other reason (illness, no money, etc.)
Madhulkcommissioned it... (The painting?)
Yes.
Madhulk sheer force (pure force?) of will.
Here is the relevant definition "Considered or operating apart from anything else."
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Sorry but I forgot to ask about the other context.[A]
Lex: That watch... ...my mom gave it to me
when she knew it was getting close. She found a Napoleon franc from 1806
and had it made into the face. (Meaning?)
Clark: Why Napoleon?
Lex: You ever see the painting
of Napoleon 's Coronation by David?
Clark: No.
Lex: Napoleon's mother couldn't make it (She was dead?)
to his coronation. But when he commissioned it... (The painting?)
Napoleon told David to paint her in
as if she were there right in the center. Even though she couldn't
be there physically he brought her into his life
through sheer force (pure force?) of will.
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