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I am reading a book and there is a sentence

My breath curls towards her, wet and ghostly, but no words follow.

I don't understand the meaning of "breath curls towards her".

What does that mean?

  • What book? Do you have a link? Author? Any details at all? – user6951 May 20 '15 at 6:30
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When weather is cold enough, water vapour in the air you breathe out condenses and becomes visible as white mist. Hence "wet and ghostly".

http://thefreedictionary.com/curl :

curl
v. intr.
1. To form ringlets or coils.
2. To assume a spiral or curved shape.
3. To move in a curve or spiral.


My breath curls towards her, wet and ghostly, but no words follow

When narrator opened their mouth, they breathed out some air, and condensed water vapor in it assumed a curved shape as it moved towards "her". Narrator didn't speak, though.

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