30 December, 2010 by Ponticianus
The trees, burdened with the last infinitesimal pennyweight of snow their branches could hold, stood in absolute petrifaction.
Posted in words | Tagged Jack London, snow | 2 Comments
Pertification coming from petrified? Scared (helpless) to hold another ounce of snow…?
I think “petrified” = scared is metaphorical, and that the thought here is to turn something to a solid, a rock, like ice does to a tree limb.
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