Roy stopped talking. We sat and stared at the shadows, oversized and faint off the lattice fence.

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  • the shadows from the lattice fence and the shadows are oversized and faint. Jun 16, 2020 at 6:55
  • still doesn't make sense to me Jun 16, 2020 at 7:12
  • 1
    Imagine a film noir effect such as these. Jun 16, 2020 at 7:24

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The author is saying that 'we' can see shadows from the fence.

It is possible that he is trying to show that it is late in the evening, when shadows get very long, but also faint due to lack of light.

It is also possible (not enough context to be sure) that this is set after sunset, and the shadows are from an artificial light - as a 'point source' they can throw shadows that are larger than the item itself, but again, would be likely to be faint if the scene is generally dark.

  • It seems very obvious that they are looking at the shadows being cast by the lattice fence and they appear to be over-sized and faint (just as shadows tend to be) Jun 16, 2020 at 10:04
  • @BruceMurray Shadows at mid-day are always very short, and in bright light shadows will be very sharp.
    – MikeB
    Jun 16, 2020 at 10:15
  • I know! What's your point? Do you think the passage is taking place at mid-day on the Equator? Jun 16, 2020 at 10:18

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