I'm reading a book by Salman Rushdie (Shame) and came to such a sentence, where I'm not sure to which word the phrase with like refers.
...while that wind like the cough of a sick giant burned away her eyebrows (which never grew again)
Does it mean
- The wind was like the cough of a sick giant, OR
- The wind burned away her eyebrows in the same way as the cough of sick giant would do.