2

I was reading a light novel and saw this sentence describing how it feels like in a forest.

緩やかな風で森がざわめく音だけが、闇を飾るように聞こえてくる。

I understand every word in it, but I am confused as to what sounds can be heard.

To me, it is not clear what だけ modifies, does this mean:

  • 聞こえる音はただ一つ、緩やかな風で森がざわめく音だ or;
  • 他の音も聞こえるが、闇を飾るようにではなく、他のように聞こえる。つまり、緩やかな風で森がざわめく音だけが闇を飾る。他の音は闇を飾らない

Which interpretation is correct? Or are both correct?

3

Both interpretations are technically possible, but only the former seems natural to me. This is a dark and relatively silent forest, isn't it? 闇を飾るように is a fairly vague and poetic expression and I have never tried to distinguish sounds according to such a criterion. If it were something like 森がざわめく音だけが前から聞こえてくる, the sentence might seem ambiguous and there might be other sound sources behind you.

  • Ah, right. That makes sense. The sentences before the quoted sentence talks about how dark the forest is, but not how noisy it is. – Sweeper Aug 24 '18 at 7:58

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.