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"The imbecile head was red, and the bullet head with close-cropped hair seemed to lie alone, its chin in the dust."

What does lie alone mean here or in other contexts? Thanks in advance.
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'To be alone' is all I can think of. I doubt that more context would help, but it might.
Philip'To be alone' is all I can think of. I doubt that more context would help, but it might.

As far as I can tell this is a quote from The Idiots by Joseph Conrad. Here is the complete paragraph:

"In the long grass bordering the road a face glided past the carriage at the level of the wheels as we drove slowly by. The imbecile face was red, and the bullet head with close-cropped hair seemed to lie alone, its chin in the dust. The body was lost in the bushes growing thick along the bottom of the deep ditch."

It seems like only the boy's face is visible through the bushes. Thus from the narrator's point of view the boy's chin seems to be in the dust. I have to say this is pretty unclear writing for someone with the reputation of Joseph Conrad.
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Philip'To be alone' is all I can think of. I doubt that more context would help, but it might.

I have to say this is pretty unclear writing for someone with the reputation of Joseph Conrad.

Have you read any Joseph Conrad? I find this to be about as clear as most of what I've been exposed (subjected) to.
PhilipHave you read any Joseph Conrad?
No and judging by the tone of your comment I may have dodged a bullet. Still, he is often cited as one of the greatest English language writers of all time. Are the critics all just parroting each other or is there actually some reason for his reputation?
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His story is often inhibited by his excessive use of language. Yes, you hae dodged a bullet, as far as I'm concerned. I often suggest that while writing in English, not his native language, he looked up all the words he didn't know in English and then put them in the book he was writing at the time.