Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 4 weeks ago

In the book Salem’s Lot...?

A man named Ben and a boy named Mark meet for the first time. 

The books says “They looked at each other for no great space of time, but for Ben the moment seemed to undergo a queer stretching, and a feeling of unreality swept him.” 

What does it mean by “the moment seemed to undergo a queer stretching?” 

5 Answers

  • 4 weeks ago

    It means it seemed to last longer than it actually did. Like those awkward pauses in conversation that last a minute, but it seems a very long minute.

  • Elaine
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    It means that whatever silent communication was going on it seemed to last for a long time. It would similar to saying that both these characters had known each other for a long time when in fact they had only just met. A concrete example could be that you are looking at something: say a beautiful sunset and you think you have been watching it for a long time.  You look at your watch and discover that only a few minutes have elapsed. 

  • Marli
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Maybe Ben felt mesmerized by the intense gaze of the man, as if the moment their eyes met was prolonged.

  • 4 weeks ago

    It simply means that Ben - an apprentice warlock and heir to the Seventh realm of Hades - could manipulate the space/time continuum by "stretching" it with his mind. Mark, the reincarnation of his mother, was the trigger for the phenomenon and, later, they attempted to destroy Salem through the Dark Magics.

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  • Speed
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    It means that while Mark knew the moment didn't last long, it seemed to stretch long to him, which was unusual.

    I presume you've experienced time stretching before. Waiting for something you're eager to do, or time in the dentist's chair, feel longer than the reality. Time spent doing something wonderfully fun goes quickly.

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