returning it to his knee...

English translation: below

05:16 Apr 11, 2005
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English term or phrase: returning it to his knee...
... he found himself returning it to his knee again and again, like a dag too stupid or fractious to heel. In his distracted pain he came close to swatting it once or twice

I wonder what sentence I mention above means literally?

Thanks.

macky
macky
Local time: 15:13
English translation:below
Explanation:
Roland has just lost his finger (it was bit off by a lobster). His right hand cannot do anything, but anyway moves habitually. This is an automatism, so Roland has to put the wounded hand back on his knee and use only his left hand. But, being concetrated on his checking for dry shells in his belt, he forgets about the right hand -- and it automatically moves again. During this, he even risks to hit the hand hard against something which would produce even more pain.

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Note added at 27 mins (2005-04-11 05:44:08 GMT)
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I mean, Roland consciously puts the wounded hand on his knee to avoid making it hurt occasionally. But as soon as he concentrates on sorting out his wet and dry shells, he forgets about the hand and it tries to do what it is used to do.
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Explanation:
Roland has just lost his finger (it was bit off by a lobster). His right hand cannot do anything, but anyway moves habitually. This is an automatism, so Roland has to put the wounded hand back on his knee and use only his left hand. But, being concetrated on his checking for dry shells in his belt, he forgets about the right hand -- and it automatically moves again. During this, he even risks to hit the hand hard against something which would produce even more pain.

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Note added at 27 mins (2005-04-11 05:44:08 GMT)
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I mean, Roland consciously puts the wounded hand on his knee to avoid making it hurt occasionally. But as soon as he concentrates on sorting out his wet and dry shells, he forgets about the hand and it tries to do what it is used to do.

Kirill Semenov
Ukraine
Local time: 10:13
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Elena Petelos: "It" being the hand.....not that anyone could ever guess that. :-)/:-))))
19 mins
  -> very true :) moreover it's a hand without two fingers (they were bit off recently). A real tragedy for a gunslinger who used these fingers to trigger his guns

agree  Merit
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agree  Stefan Balchev
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agree  tappi_k
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agree  Felipe Simões
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