What does the phrase in the title mean?


We were working together, we were exploring the concept of a dream within a dream. I kept pushing things. I wanted to go deeper and deeper, I wanted to go… further. I just didn’t understand the concept that hours could turn into years down there. That we could get trapped so deep that when we wound up on the shore of our own subconscious we lost sight of what was real. We created, we built the world for ourselves. We did that for years. We built our own world.

I presume "wound up" means completely the same as "ended up" would mean. But what's that got to do with shores?

  • It's the past form of wind up, which means the same as end up. Shores is used in a fihurative meaning here. I thunk they mean that their dreams were pretty/beautiful, just like shores are. – Vlammuh Jun 13 '15 at 6:43
  • If you think of "subconscious" as a sea, does that help? – user6951 Jun 13 '15 at 11:11
  • Yes, the "sea of consciousness" is a fairly common metaphor ..... google.com/… – Brian Hitchcock Jun 13 '15 at 12:28

If the subconscious has shores (beaches), the subconscious is metaphorically an ocean.

To "wind up" often means to find oneself at a place having taken unfamiliar paths; one is uncertain where the road is going to lead.

  • Well, I thought that wind up meant here exactly the same as end up. We end up on the shore of our own subconscious sounds nonsensical to youy, doesn't it? About the subconscious is an ocean, it's pretty clear. – Dmitrii Bundin Jun 13 '15 at 15:41
  • BTW, you said having taken unfamiliar paths. What's that mean? having taken, I don't understand this phrase in the sentence. – Dmitrii Bundin Jun 13 '15 at 15:46
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    having taken (having + past participle) establishes the time of the action: the taking of unfamiliar paths happened before we find ourselves at the destination. Having taken his last exam, he felt free to party late into the night. The reference time is concurrent with the time of his feeling free to party; the taking of the last exam is prior to that reference time. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 13 '15 at 17:27
  • end up sounds no more nonsensical than we find ourselves :) – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 13 '15 at 17:28
  • So Having taken his last exam, he felt free to party late into the night. = He's taken his last exam, so he felt free to party late into the night.? – Dmitrii Bundin Jun 13 '15 at 20:07

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