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But as the week went on, what seemed to me to travel the farthest and speak the loudest were not pictures but numbers. Numbers that showed how tragically exceptional America is in its gun violence. 1. What does "seemed" mean in this case? 2. I can't understand the expression "But as the week ...... show more But as the week went on, what seemed to me to travel the farthest and speak the loudest were not pictures but numbers. Numbers that showed how tragically exceptional America is in its gun violence.

1. What does "seemed" mean in this case?
2. I can't understand the expression "But as the week ... but numbers." What it means? Please explain this to me clearly.

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