Reading another great story from Clark Ashton Smith, I would like to clarify the following (for the context, Melchior is an amateur astronomer).

In especial, Melchior was drawn by one minute wide-flung constellation south of the Milky Way.

WHat exactly does the one minute wide-flung part mean? I guess "minute" here could be used as an adjective but that still does not help me with understanding it precisely. I guess "minute" here is not meant in terms of degrees, as one would be probably too few.

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His attention was drawn to one constellation; the adjectives describe that one constellation. The word "one" is a specifier for "constellation".

The word "minute" means that the constellation is not large, probably referring to its appearance to Melchior rather than to the number of stars it contains.

"Wide-flung" refers to the location of the constellation in the sky, not close to the center or other objects.
The writer continues:
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"It gave an impression of cosmic solitude and remoteness..."

  • Thank you. Just one thing - constellation or galaxy? I believe it is the former (as it is specifically mentioned in the sentence).
    – John V
    Oct 5, 2020 at 9:05
  • Right, my mistake. Fixed. Oct 5, 2020 at 9:15

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