Could you please tell me what the meaning of the phrase is?

I sank through time.

I think it means "she(the speaker) wasted time she had" but I amnot sure.

The full text is:

A week after the wedding I broke up with Nick—callously, I’m ashamed to say. I never told him of my life before, never sketched for him the world that had invaded and obliterated the one he and I had shared. I could have explained. I could have said, “That place has a hold on me, which I may never break.” That would have got to the heart of it. Instead I sank through time. It was too late to confide in Nick, to take him with me wherever I was going. So I said goodbye.

  • I don't think it can be interpreted literally, rather as a matter of reading comprehension/interpretation. Different people might give differing explanations. – user3169 Jun 8 '18 at 2:06

The description

I sank through time.

Is a metaphor, where the speaker is being passive as in sinking in water.
This is in contrast to taking action, which she didn't

I never told him...
I could have explained...
I could have said...


It was too late...

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  • You have not explained it. – Lambie Jun 7 '18 at 19:37

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