floor of the sky

English translation: It's just another way of saying horizon

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22:54 May 17, 2018
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / understanding an expression
English term or phrase: floor of the sky
I am translating an English novel into Hungarian. The writer uses plenty of artistic, creative images in the text. I encountered "floor of the sky" two times:

"The sun below the horizon shot pink arms along the clear floor of the sky. The waiting air was thin and still. Cattle in the next field, statues of petrified flesh, faced the eastern rim of the morning world, and waited. The leaves in the distant trees were motionless."

and later:

"A drop of rain, large and heavy as a penny, splashed my handle bars. Then another, and another. I gaped upward, open-mouthed. A black carpet of cloud unrolled across the floor of the sky, reached for the sun, and the sun lost its heat and was swept under the carpet like golden dust."

Does this expression refer to the imaginary surface of the sky? Is this expression used at all in spoken language?
Thank you for your help
Péter Albert
Local time: 22:43
English translation:It's just another way of saying horizon
Explanation:
The author is the sort of guy who will never use one word where twenty would do.
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Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:43
Grading comment
Thank you for clarifying this expression!



Summary of answers provided
4 +4It's just another way of saying horizon
Jack Doughty
Summary of reference entries provided
Ref.
Taña Dalglish

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6 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +4
It's just another way of saying horizon


Explanation:
The author is the sort of guy who will never use one word where twenty would do.

Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:43
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 518
Grading comment
Thank you for clarifying this expression!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  philgoddard: I don't think you can ever be sure with texts like this, but that would be my interpretation. Using it twice is not very good writing.
30 mins
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agree  B D Finch: Yes, just one of several very clumsy metaphors in the (mercifully) short extract posted.
3 hrs
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agree  Yvonne Gallagher
7 hrs
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agree  Katalin Horváth McClure: I agree, and Péter, we have "az ég alja" in Hungarian which would work well in the translation at both places.
19 hrs
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Reference comments


49 mins peer agreement (net): +1
Reference: Ref.

Reference information:
http://www.pamelacarterjoern.com/thefloorofthesky3.html
Pamela Carter Joern
The Floor of the Sky

"Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth
was the floor of the sky." --Willa Cather

Earth is the floor of the sky.

Taña Dalglish
Jamaica
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 12
Note to reference poster
Asker: Thank you, I also found this reference before, I was just not sure if "the floor of the sky" was used in the same waqy there.

Asker: ...way there.


Peer comments on this reference comment (and responses from the reference poster)
agree  B D Finch: That demonstrates how much better a writer Willa Cather was than whoever wrote the novel the Asker is translating!
9 hrs
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