Recently I was reading「鶴の笛」by (林芙美子) and came across this sentence:
The English translation of this sentence by J. D. Wisgo says:
The injured crane stood on the edge of a once crowded, yet now deserted swamp where the reeds grew thickly, and he gazed up into the sky where the other cranes had flown off to.
This translation left me confused because it seems to imply that みんなの is modifying いなくなった (as in, the people who used to be there was everyone). However I know that this modification is impossible because the particle の makes みんな a の-adjective, and adjectives cannot modify verbs.
This same の-adjective-seeming-to-affect-adjectival-verb-effect seems to occur again in the sentence where it says 「葦のしげった」(as in, the thing that is growing is reeds).
The effect of seeing this unfamiliar grammar pattern alongside an unexpected translation was to leave me in a state of acute befuddlement. Is Master 林芙美子 using an exceptionally eloquent sentence structure at the expense of illiterate learners such as myself? Is Mr. Wisgo using a translation slight-of-hand to make the sentence more palatable to monolingual English speakers? Am I completely overthinking it and just the proximity and position of the modifiers in the sentence enough to imply the connection between them? What exactly is going on here?