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Hello everybody.

I am troubled that these deep feelings of inadequacy still run through me like a core of ice.

Is the underlined an expression?

Thanks so much.

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Jamal 1315Is the underlined an expression?

No. It is just an inept simile. I don't think a core can run through you, but we get what she means.

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Jamal 1315an expression?

No.

The reference is to an ice core (see picture below). It's a strange thing to say, so don't worry if you didn't understand it.

CJ

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Would you please replace this incorrect simile with a better one so that I can use it in my writing?

Thanks so much.

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Jamal 1315Would you please replace this incorrect simile with a better one so that I can use it in my writing?

Well, that is on you as the writer. This is not a matter of skill with English. The simile would be less than ideal in any language. Apply your intelligence and write something that makes good sense and conveys everything you want it to. I don't know what you want to say. Only you know that.

I called it inept because when you speak of a person's core, it means their essential nature, literally the central part that everything else is attached to. A person can be rotten to the core or have a core of iron. This core is your core, so there is no room for some other figurative core to run through you. To say that something runs through a person in this sense is like saying a vein of ore runs through a rock stratum. Another problem is that "core of ice" makes one think of the ice cores that scientists gather in the polar regions, as you can see in the picture up there.

An ice core is a core sample that is typically removed from an ice sheet or a high mountain glacier. Since the ice forms from the incremental buildup of annual layers of snow, lower layers are older than upper, and an ice core contains ice formed over a range of years.

According to the above explanation, does the writer of the novel wanted to say feeling of inadequacy still is exist in her interior as an ice core contains ice formed over a range of years?

Jamal 1315

An ice core is a core sample that is typically removed from an ice sheet or a high mountain glacier. Since the ice forms from the incremental buildup of annual layers of snow, lower layers are older than upper, and an ice core contains ice formed over a range of years.

According to the above explanation, does did the writer of the novel wanted want to say that a feeling of inadequacy still is exists in her interior, as an ice core contains ice formed over a range of years?

That's a possible interpretation. Personally, in your place I wouldn't bother to analyze it in any greater detail. I'd be inclined to drop it as essentially indecipherable and move on.

Besides, if you spend this much time on every bizarre phrase that you read, you'll never finish reading this novel.

CJ

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