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All around them there was nothing but grassy prairie spreading to the edge of the sky.Quite near them, to the north, the creek bottoms lay below the prairie. Some darker green tree-tops showed, and beyond them (1)bits of the rim of earthen bluffs held up the prairie's grasses. Far away to the east, (2)a broken line of different greens lay on the prairie, and Pa said that was the river.

"That's the Verdigris River," he said, pointing it out to Ma.

(1) Does the sentence mean that the earthen bluffs were holding the prairie's grasses?

Or, does it mean that the earthen bluffs were stopping the prairie's advance or march or going forward?

(2) Does the "a broken line" mean that the line it self was broken by different greens?

Or does it mean that the prairie was broken by the line and the line was the river?
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1-- Logically, I think it must be that the bluffs stop the prairie's advance.
2-- The line itself is broken into different shades of green at irregular intervals.
This is a double post. Can we all post on the other thread? Thanks.
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Sorry, Jim-- this is the first I've seen of this topic. Can you add a link?
Hi, Mr. Micawber,

That wasn't for you! It was for whoever came next in line. I noticed that Clive and I had both answered on the other thread. Then I noticed this thread. The link was a good idea. I should have thought of that.

Actually, if you prefer, you might cut and paste your response on the other thread and delete this thread completely. Or don't bother to fuss with it! Your choice.

CJ

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Thanks for your answer, three of you English gurus......

I tried to post anonymous saw the announcement that I have to wait.

So, I posted in my name....

That's what happned...

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