A few more questions
I'm not sure I understand what is meant by "up close" in the following sentence (p. 210):
"He (Pilu) managed to suggest that the trouble had not been made by him, very definitely not by him, and that he was against trouble of any kind, particularly any trouble up close. Ever since the Twinkle song, he had always been a little nervous of Daphne."
What's the meaning of "struggling" in what an inner voice says to Daphne (p. 233):
"How is it that you hear us? We are blown about by the wind, and our voices are weak, but you, a trouserman, heard our struggling silence! How?"
How do you understand "humpty" and is it a word made up by the author?
"The captain got humpty. Crew who'd served with him for a long time said he was a decent man and a good captain, and they'd never seen him get humpty before. Everyone suffered under a humpty captain..."
When Mau and Daphne come back to the cage, at one point she says (p. 309):
"I think people from this island sailed around the world, a long, long time ago. You remembered, but over the years it became a story for little children."
Even down in the dark, Mau thought.
Somehow I cannot see what this "Even down in the dark" thought relates to...
When Daphne takes gold false teeth from a little boy, she says (p. 314)
"Tell the little boy I will give him an arm's length of sugar cane for them and he can stretch as much as he likes. Is that a trade?"
What's her point about stretching exactly?
Would anyone like to help?
Thanks a lot!