English translation: danger of falling out of the bed
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English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / To Reach Japan
English term or phrase:falling out
The context is the same, "To Reach Japan" by Alice Munro:
"... then he and Greta took Katy back to the compartment, where she fell asleep between them, asleep in the very middle of a jump. They opened the compartment curtain to get more air, now that there was no danger of the child's falling out."
Does this refer to a real collapse of Katy (then how the compartment curtain is supposed to stop it!), or it has something to do with her sleep, or something else?
1. The child falls asleep between Greta and Greg. They talk, then kiss and fondle, "all of which had to go on beside the body of the sleeping child". So they are all lying in the same berth together. When the child falls asleep they open the compartment curtain to get more air. If this were a curtain covering the window, merely opening it would not have given them more air, unless they also opened the window. It must have been a curtain covering the berth.
2. When they leave the child to go to Greg's compartment and make love, they "carefully fastened every button of the berth where Katy was sleeping". This sounds like a button-down curtain covering the berth.
3. Then when Greta returns to her compartment, she notices that "the bottom fastener of the curtain was undone". Only when she takes hold of the curtains and opens them all the way does she see that the child is not there. Again, these must be curtains covering the berth.
Those bed curtains wouldn't stop anyone falling out of bed: they're just there for privacy; nor are the beds wide enough for two adults and a child, in the kind of compartment those pictures suggest. If they were in a private compartment with a single double bed, there would be no need for a curtain on the bed, and certainly not one which limited the flow of air.
Greta (the mother) and the man leave the compartment for a while and leave the sleeping child alone, then when Greta returns, she finds "the bottom fastener of the curtain was undone. She was sure she remembered fastening it. Though even with it open Katy could hardly get out."
What kind of curtain is it? Does it cover the bed inside, or the door of compartment?
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danger of falling out of the bed
Explanation: because she is safely sleeping between them
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This is not completing clear, but the "bed" in question appears to be a sleeping compartment.
Jenni Lukac Local time: 00:01 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 167
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